LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump said he planned to get involved in the case of an American diplomat's wife who quickly left the U.K. after she was allegedly involved in a fatal wrong-way crash – but stopped short of suggesting he would revoke her diplomatic immunity and return her to Britain to face charges.
British authorities confirmed Anne Sacoolas, a U.S. diplomat's wife and South Aiken graduate, is a suspect in the deadly crash on Aug. 27 that killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn.
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Trump on Wednesday called what happened "a terrible accident" and said his administration would seek to speak with the driver "and see what we can come up with." He noted that the British drive on the left side of the road, while in the United States, people drive on the right.
"The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road," Trump said. "And that can happen."
British police say the accident happened near RAF Croughton, a British military base in England used by the U.S. Air Force.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said the prime minister spoke with Trump on Wednesday and "urged the president to reconsider the U.S. position, so the individual involved can return to the U.K., cooperate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice."
Johnson also urged the woman to return to the U.K. to face investigation.
The woman's name hasn't been officially released.
The teenager's family met with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday and said they left feeling angry and disappointed.
A Department of State official told the Aiken Standard on Monday "immunity is rarely waived" and that the U.S. Embassy has been and will continue to be in close contact with British officials.
Sacoolas, formerly Anne Elizabeth Goodwin, is a graduate of South Aiken High School and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, according to a wedding announcement published in the Aiken Standard on June 29, 2003.
Staff writer Matthew Enfinger contributed to this report.
#trumpnotes @realDonaldTrump (If Raised) Note, as @SecPompeo told Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab that the spouse of the U.S. Government employee will not return to the United Kingdom. @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/7yDUdOm3Pd— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) October 9, 2019