Last week the wife of a US diplomat ran over a 19-year-old in England. On Wednesday President Donald Trump announced he will not send her back for trial.
Anne Sacoolas is accused of killing British teenager Harry Dunn while driving the wrong way down the road after pulling out from RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. According to British authorities, she implied her intent to comply with the investigation instead she fled to the US.
Mrs. Sacoolas is married to an American intelligence official and claimed diplomatic immunity before returning to the US.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked President Trump to waive Anne Sacoolas’s immunity for the case. However, Trump made it clear he was not willing to budge on the issue.
The President declared his sympathy for Mrs. Sacoolas’s case, saying he has driven on the wrong side in England before as well.
“Those are the opposite roads. That can happen. I won’t say it ever happened to me, but it did. When you get used to driving on our system and you’re all of a sudden on the other system, where you’re driving, it happens. You have to be careful.”
In England, cars drive on opposite sides of the road compared to the United States.
The President did, however, offer to help set up a meeting between the victim’s family and the Sacoolas family for “some healing.”
All employees of RAF Coughton and their families receive diplomatic immunity under the 1961 Vienna Convention. It has been suggested that Anne Sacoolas’s husband is an American spy.