Harry Dunn begged ‘don’t let me die’ after being knocked off a motorcycle by Anne Sacoolas.
The American fled the country after fatally striking the teenager with her car as she drove on the wrong side of the road in Croughton in 2019.
And after fighting for three years for justice, Dunn’s mother broke down in tears as she recalled her son’s ‘haunting’ death.
Sacoolas wiped away a tear as Charlotte Charles, 46, read a victim impact statement at London’s Old Bailey, saying: ‘For 19 years, I had the enormous privilege and joy of nurturing and raising Harry who was the light of my life before he was so senselessly and cruelly taken from us.
‘Harry just disappeared out of my life that night, shattering my existence forever.
‘I didn’t make it to the hospital in time before he passed and the thought of that haunts me to my core.
‘I beat myself up over and over again – if I had left work on time that night, I would have been able to delay him leaving the house so that he wouldn’t have been travelling along the same road as Anne Sacoolas.
‘Although I have my other beautiful son Niall with me and the rest of my family, there is an intense feeling of emptiness in the pit of my stomach without my cheerful Harry around.’
The central criminal court heard how Dunn, 19, said ‘don’t let me die’ after the crash, witness Jennifer Hewitt said.
She saw Sacoolas standing at the side of the road with her two children who were riding with her in the car.
She quoted Sacoolas as saying: ‘I’ve had a head-on collision with a motorbike. It’s all my fault. I was on the wrong side of the road. I’ve only been here a few weeks.’
Hewitt phoned emergency services as Sacoolas called her husband to the scene and cried with her head in her hands.
Weeks after the crash, Sacoolas left the UK and claimed diplomatic immunity as she worked for the US State Department at the time.
She filed an extradition request only for US officials to deny it.
Charles and her husband Tim Dunn have tiredly fought for their son in the years since his death, filing a suit against Sacoolas that reached an agreement last year.
After being sentenced to eight months, a Sky News reporter asked Sacoolas: ‘What words do you have for Harry Dunn’s family?’
‘Have a nice day,’ she replied.
Speaking on GMB this morning, Charles said ‘no family should have to fight to get over hell or high water to get the justice they deserve’.
‘Nobody else will hopefully ever have our fight,’ she said, ‘it’s been awful.’
Dunn’s twin brother, Niall, has been in higher spirits since the sentencing, she added.
Tearing up, she said: ‘We could see him lift a little bit more and yesterday he was so proud to hear him tell me he’s so proud of me and what me and his dad have achieved.’
‘We have set out to achieve everything,’ she said, adding: ‘Tt’s time to set out for therapy properly, we will do Christmas this year.
‘We’ll raise a glass to Harry – it’s time to celebrate his life.’
Sacoolas pled guilty via video uplink in October to causing Dunn’s death by careless driving.
Yesterday, a judge told Sacoolas as she tuned in via live stream from the US that she will be banned from driving for a year and sentenced to eight months.
But as the sentence was suspended for 12 months, this would mean Sacoolas would only serve time behind bars if she commits another offence in Britain.
And only then, this would rely on her being extradited.
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