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On February 16, 2021, Judge T.S. Ellis, III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, allowing a catastrophic injury and wrongful dead lawsuit against Anne Sacoolas to move forward.
On September 9, 2020, Cohen Milstein filed suit on behalf of Charlotte Charles, Tim Dunn, and Niall Dunn, citizens of the United Kingdom, against Anne Sacoolas, a United States citizen, for the catastrophic injury and wrongful death of Harry Dunn, the son of Charlotte and Tim and twin brother of Niall. (The suit also names Jonathan Sacoolas as a defendant for vicarious liability for the conduct, actions, errors, or omissions committed by Defendant Anne Sacoolas.)
Plaintiffs allege that Sacoolas’ unsafe driving led to a head on vehicular collision with Dunn, causing catastrophic injuries, and that her subsequent failure to call for an ambulance led to additional pain and suffering, ultimately leading to his death.
On August 27, 2019, Defendant Anne Sacoolas was driving her SUV on the wrong side of the road near Croughton, Northamptonshire, England when she hit 19-year-old Harry Dunn on his motorcycle, causing him catastrophic injuries that ultimately led to his death.
Sacoolas, who had a cellphone with her, did not call the police to report the accident or call an ambulance for Dunn. Instead, she left Dunn to suffer as he lay face down on the side of the road, fully conscious with multiple broken bones, including open fractures on both legs and both arms, internal injuries, and dying. A few minutes after the accident, a passerby stopped at the scene. This passerby, not Sacoolas, called for an ambulance.
When paramedics arrived, Dunn was conscious, breathing, and able to speak with them. He was able to tell the them that Sacoolas had been driving on the wrong side of the road and that she hit him with her SUV. Dunn’s father, Plaintiff Tim Dunn, was able to arrive at the scene and reach Dunn before he was put into the ambulance.
Tragically, Dunn died shortly after arriving at the hospital as a result of the catastrophic injuries he suffered in the accident.
After the accident, Sacoolas admitted the accident was her fault, as she was driving on the wrong side of the road.
Despite Sacoolas’ promise to cooperate with the British police in the investigation, on or about September 15, 2019, she left the United Kingdom, where she and her husband were living and working, and, asserting diplomatic immunity, returned to the United States without notifying the local police.
After additional investigation, the British Crown Prosecution Service charged Sacoolas with causing Dunn’s death by dangerous driving. Sacoolas has refused to return to the United Kingdom to face Britain’s justice system. The United Kingdom made an extradition request to the United States, which was denied. The State Department described the denial as final.
Plaintiffs bring this civil action in U.S. federal court and seek trial by jury.
This case is Dunn v. Sacoolas Case No. Case 1:20-cv-01052 D, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.