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American woman accused of killing a UK teenager proposes 'mediation' with his family

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Anne Sacoolas -- the woman accused of killing 19-year-old Harry Dunn while she was driving on the wrong side of the road in England -- says she willing to enter into "mediation" with his family, after a court in Virginia ruled against her attempt to have a civil case for wrongful death dismissed.

(CNN) Anne Sacoolas -- the woman accused of killing 19-year-old Harry Dunn while she was driving on the wrong side of the road in England -- says she willing to enter into "mediation" with his family, after a court in Virginia ruled against her attempt to have a civil case for wrongful death dismissed.

In a statement Wednesday, Sacoolas and her personal attorney, Amy Jeffress, said they would like to find a path forward to "bring a measure of peace and closure" to the family of Dunn after Sacoolas was accused of killing 19-year-old Harry Dunn while she was driving on the wrong side of the road in England.

Although she does not dispute that she was negligent and admits driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash, Sacoolas and her family fled the UK after US authorities claimed she had diplomatic immunity.

If it had been known in the days after the crash that Anne Sacoolas was employed by the State Department, she may not as easily have been able to claim the diplomatic immunity of a spouse.

Her legal team said Judge T. S. Ellis' ruling Tuesday in the Eastern District Court of Virginia that the civil case can go ahead in the United States, "has no impact or bearing on Anne Sacoolas' diplomatic immunity. "

Responding to her proposal for mediation, Radd Seiger, adviser and spokesman for the Dunn family told CNN in a statement: "We are very pleased to see the strong indication from Mrs Sacoolas and her personal attorney this afternoon that they are willing to discuss options with a view to finding a path forward.

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