The real scandal in all this is that irrespective of the law this woman is morally obliged to answer for her crime. If she was any sort of person with any sort of honour she would return to England and sincerely demonstrate to the victim's family that she is mortified by what happened.
I wouldn't return. It has nothing to do with honor. She was probably ordered to leave by the state department.
But now what has happened is that it is a media circus and there is not a chance in hell that she would get a fair trail if there even was one.
Her refusal to do this is cowardly and betrays a lack of sincere remorse on her part.
Wrong. You don't know how she feels.
Diplomatic immunity and the law are all very well, but in terms of what is right and true she has very little ground to stand on.
What is "right" is to obey the law and do what she is told to do. You seem to not understand that she IS obeying the law. That is plenty of "ground to stand on".
I am amazed at how many people here are defending the American government's choice and seem quite content to let her off even though she is guilty of a hit and run that resulted in someone's death.
First...you don't know this. Guilt is established by a court. She may not have been at fault or the kid may bear some responsibility. We don't know at this point. I suspect she was.
In any other circumstance you would all be condemning the perpetrator but because she's one of yours you defend her.
Nonsense. I believe in the rule of law. If you have a beef I suggest you take it up with the Foreign Office or the Home Office. Whichever is responsible for this law. She did not leave under American law. She left under British law.
As for justice. What is that? Jail for leaving the scene of an accident? I am certain the family will receive a settlement. The lady may even have been insured in the UK. I know when I was in Germany I had German insurance and driving license. You may want jail time but that solves nothing. Calm down.