A mum says she was lucky to survive after a US serviceman driving on the wrong side of the road crashed into her car near where biker Harry Dunn was killed.
Judy Chard spoke out to express her disgust at Anne Sacoolas, 42, who fled back to the US after allegedly mowing down Harry, 19, while on the wrong side of the road near the RAF base where her husband worked.
Judy, 69, who suffered whiplash and knee injuries, said of Sacoolas, who claimed diplomatic immunity: “She took the coward’s way out. I feel terribly sorry for Harry’s family.
“By leaving the country the driver has made it 10 times worse for a family already grieving.”
In Judy’s case the American did not escape justice.
She explained: “The other driver never spoke to me but I could hear him saying he was going back to the States tomorrow, needed a new hire car and how he had a plane to catch.
“I asked the police ‘Are you going to let him get away with it?’ and they said ‘no we’ll keep him in custody tonight, he will be dealt with in court tomorrow and then can go home’.
“It is better than what Harry’s family has had to put up with.”
For several decades RAF Croughton, Northants, has been loaned to America as a spy listening station.
In 1994 diplomatic immunity was granted to all working there and their families. It has been used by Sacoolas to escape justice over the fatal crash on August 27.
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