Trump to get involved in UK diplomat crash

Jill Colvin
The family of Harry Dunn is seeking justice after he was allegedly killed by a US diplomat's wife

US President Donald Trump says he's planning to get involved in the case of an American diplomat's wife who left the UK after becoming a suspect in a fatal crash.

Trump, who spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in the day, told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the case was "a terrible accident" and that he understands the "tremendous anger" some are feeling.

"We're going to speak to her very shortly and see if we can do something where they meet," he said of the woman and the victim's parents.

"We're going to speak to her and see what we can come up with so that there can be some healing."

The August 27 crash near RAF Croughton, a British military base in central England, killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn, who was on a motorcycle at the time.

The woman, who is 42, is protected by diplomatic immunity because of her position.

But Johnson has urged her to return to the UK to face investigation, saying he doesn't think it's right to "use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose".

Trump, who was asked about the case during an executive order signing, said the issue was "very, very complex".

"You have two wonderful parents that lost their son. And the woman was driving on the wrong side of the road," he said, telling reporters "that can happen" when Americans aren't used to driving on the left side of the road.

"I won't say it never happened to me, but it did. When you get used to driving on our system and then you're all of a sudden on the other system where you're driving ... You have to be careful," he said.

Johnson's office had said earlier that, during their phone call, the prime minister had urged Trump "to reconsider the US position" so the driver "can return to the UK, cooperate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice".

"The leaders agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible," his office said.

The woman's name has not been officially released, but media reports say she is 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, who is married to a US intelligence official.

A lawyer for the Dunn family says the family is willing to talk with Trump about the issue and confirmed they plan to travel to the US.

He said they were engaging lawyers to take a civil case against Sacoolas in the US.