US president Joe Biden has defended the diplomat responsible for the death of British teenager Harry Dunn, saying that the crash in which he was killed was “not an intentional act”.
Challenged over the case by reporters during Boris Johnson’s visit to the White House, Mr Biden gave no indication that he was ready to reverse US refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas.
Asked whether the State Department employee would be sent to the UK to face justice, he said only that the case was being “worked on” and he was not aware of its current status.
Mr Biden’s comments came shortly after the family of 19-year-old Harry reached a resolution with Ms Sacoolas, who was driving on the wrong side of the road when her car knocked him from his motorcycle in 2019.
“Based on what I’ve been told it was not an intentional act, it was someone who was new to driving on the wrong side of the road,” said Mr Biden.
“I expressed my sympathies but I don’t know the status of that case right now.”
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