The family of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn are “shocked and upset” after finding out just days before his inquest that their son’s killer would not be giving live evidence.

Northamptonshire coroner Anne Pember issued a request to US government employee Anne Sacoolas last year in which she invited her to attend remotely on Monday.

The proposed witness list for the inquest, seen by the PA news agency, now shows Sacoolas will have her evidence read to the court.

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Sacoolas was sentenced remotely after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving in 2022 (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

The Dunn family’s spokesman Radd Seiger said the 19-year-old’s parents were informed about the proposed plan on Thursday, describing the situation as “yet another kick to the stomach”.

Sacoolas’s lawyer, Ben Cooper KC, told a pre-inquest review hearing in November that the US citizen was “keen to assist the inquest”.

According to the proposed witness list, Sacoolas’s evidence is set to include a “significant statement” from her, sections of her police interview in October 2019 and her witness statement penned in December last year.

Sacoolas was driving a Volvo on the wrong side of the road outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 2019 before she crashed into the teenager’s bike.

The US State Department asserted diplomatic immunity on behalf of Sacoolas and she was able to leave the UK 19 days after the fatal collision.

The 45-year-old appeared before a High Court judge at the Old Bailey via video-link in December 2022, where she pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Sacoolas was advised against attending her sentencing hearing by her employer, which prompted the family to say they were “horrified” that the US Government was “actively interfering in our criminal justice system”.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb handed Sacoolas an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

The Dunn family took their four-year campaign for justice to the US after the teenager’s death, which even led to a meeting with then-president Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington DC.

Reacting to the current plans for Sacoolas’s evidence, Mr Seiger told PA: “The parents are shocked and upset.

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The Dunn family are ‘shocked and upset’ at the proposed plans for Sacoolas’s evidence (James Manning/PA)

“They have understood since last November from her own lawyer that she would be giving live evidence which would have helped the family better understand what happened during after the crash that killed Harry.

“This news comes totally out of the blue and they are still trying to process it and what effect it will have on their rights at the inquest but it appears to be yet another kick to the stomach of these totally innocent good people who have done nothing wrong and do not deserve this.

“We do not know why this decision was made or who made it but very much hope that there is a last minute change of heart on Mrs Sacoolas’ part and for once that she does the right thing. 

“It is the very least she can do.”

Questioned on what the Dunn family’s hopes were for the inquest, Mr Seiger said: “The parents are hoping to learn what happened to Harry that night and what were the circumstances that led to Harry’s death – including what, if anything, was done to address road safety outside US bases over the decades since the Americans based themselves in the UK.

“We know many were killed or seriously injured before Harry and want to know what risk assessments were undertaken to address the problem.

“We also know that the ambulance was late to Harry that night in August 2019 and the parents want to work with the coroner and the NHS to see what can be done about the crisis that we all potentially face in not getting an ambulance when we most need it.

“We have nothing but praise for the medical team themselves that fought so bravely to save Harry’s life.”

The inquest, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, is due to last for four days.