The parents of Harry Dunn, the British teenager who was killed on Aug. 27 by a U.S. government official’s wife, had a meeting with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Nineteen-year-old Harry Dunn died when his motorcycle was struck by the car that was driven by American 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, who was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time. Sacoolas, the spouse of a U.S. intelligence official, then returned to the United States under diplomatic immunity.
The Dunn case has triggered widespread controversy in Britain about who it should serve to protect and what exactly it should cover.
At the White House, Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn said President Trump offered his condolences before quickly alerting them that Sacoolas was in the building. ‘‘It took your breath away when he mentioned it the first time,’’ Dunn’s father told CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
However, the parents refused to meet her. Still suffering from the loss, Dunn’s parents said they need to be with therapists and mediators to be able to face Sacoolas.
President Trump called Dunn’s death a ‘‘terrible accident’’ and said driving on the wrong side of the road ‘‘happens.’’
“Yes I would,” Charles said President Trump responded when she said to him “If this was your son, surely you would be doing the same thing, you’d be trying to get justice for him,” according to ‘Good Morning Britain’.’ The president added he would try to look at the case ‘‘from another angle.’’
Over the weekend, in a letter via her lawyers, Sacoolas said she wanted to meet his parents “so that she can express her deepest sympathies and apologies for this tragic accident.”
In recent weeks, Dunn’s parents have campaigned both at home and more recently in the United States to have Sacoolas cooperate with the British legal system.
‘‘I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country,’’ said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in remarks last week.