Trump says driving on wrong side of the road ‘happens’
LONDON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a British teen killed in a crash allegedly caused by the wife of a U.S. diplomat was the victim of a “terrible accident,” adding that driving on the wrong side of the road “happens.”
He made the remarks at a news conference to which he carried briefing notes saying that the woman, who left the country after the crash, wouldn’t return to Britain, as British authorities have requested.
British police say 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed by 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas when her Volvo SUV struck his motorcycle in August.
Surveillance video indicates that Sacoolas, who’s American, was driving “on the wrong side of the road” on the night of the fatal crash, police said.
British media reported that she had recently arrived in the country, leading to a theory that she may have been unaccustomed to driving on the left, as is the rule in Britain.
Following the fatal crash, Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity under international law, allowing her to avoid prosecution and return to the U.S. — despite telling officials she had no plans to do so.
“The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road. And that can happen, you know. Those are the opposite roads. That happens. I won’t say it ever happened to me, but it did,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “So a young man was killed. The person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity. We’re going to speak to her very shortly.”