‘Ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent’

Trump says driv­ing on wrong side of the road ‘hap­pens’

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

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.”

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