The mother of PC Andrew Harper has joined forces with Harry Dunn’s mum to fight for justice for her son.
Debbie Adlam, whose son died when he was dragged by a getaway car, wrote a letter to Harry’s alleged killer urging her to return to the UK after becoming friends with Mr Dunn’s mother Charlotte Charles.
The 19-year-old was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.
Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an intelligence officer based at RAF Croughton, claimed diplomatic immunity following the crash and was able to return to the US, sparking an international controversy.
Mrs Adlam’s son was killed 12 days earlier after he tried to stop three thieves fleeing as they stole a quad bike in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.
She wrote to Sacoolas on Saturday, the day after the anniversary of her own son’s death, asking her to consider how both families had experienced their ‘world falling apart.’
In the letter to Sacoolas, who was charged in December with causing Mr Dunn’s death by dangerous driving, Mrs Adlam wrote: ‘As a mother yourself, can you begin to imagine if what happened to Andrew and Harry had happened to one of your children?
‘Charlotte and I have to live through having to face this reality every day and night.’
She added: ‘Harry’s family are languishing, left to find a way to deal with the fact that you left without any apparent concern for those left behind to pick up the pieces.
‘Please bring an end to this current situation and give Harry’s family and your own a better future.’ Ms Charles said she was ‘blown away by Debbie’s love and support’.
‘For another mother who is suffering as intensely as she is, her unselfish act in writing this letter just shows the power of the human spirit and how kind people in this country really are,’ she added.