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image source, Justice4Harry19image captionHarry Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash outside RAF Croughton

The parents of Harry Dunn have reached a "resolution" in a civil claim for damages with the woman alleged to have killed him, the family's spokesman has said.

Mr Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike was hit by a car said to be driven by US citizen Anne Sacoolas near RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, in 2019.

She later left the country, claiming diplomatic immunity.

Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said the outcome was "a real milestone".

Details of the agreement reached between the parties involved in the civil case have not been disclosed.

image source, Mega Agencyimage captionAnne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after Harry Dunn died

The teenager's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, brought the civil claim against Mrs Sacoolas in the US state of Virginia.

Mrs Sacoolas, 44, and her husband were due to give evidence last month but it was postponed.

Mr Seiger said Mr Dunn's parents would now be able to "put this part of the campaign behind them".

He said: "The family's courage and determination to see this through has been incredible."

media captionHow the death of teenager Harry Dunn became a diplomatic struggle between the UK and US

It is alleged Mrs Sacoolas's car struck the teenager's motorbike moments after she left RAF Croughton, where her husband Jonathan worked for a US intelligence agency.

In December 2020, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised Northamptonshire Police to charge Mrs Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving.

However, an extradition request for Mrs Sacoolas to be brought to the UK was rejected by the US government.

The case at the Alexandria District Court in Virginia heard the couple's work in intelligence was a "factor" in their departure from the UK, as they left for "security reasons".

image source, Andrew Matthews/PA Wireimage captionCharlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, the parents of Harry Dunn, flew out to the US for parts of the civil case

Mr Seiger said the family's case in the US had been supported by the former Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and officials at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

He said the family would now "turn their attention to the criminal case and the long-awaited inquest into Harry's death which will follow the criminal case".

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss raised Mr Dunn's case with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

According to the Foreign Office, Ms Truss spoke with Mr Blinken about "delivering justice for Harry's family".

Legal representatives of Mrs Sacoolas have been approached for comment.

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