British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is “working together” with President Joe Biden on the case of the wife of a U.S. intelligence officer who was been charged with killing a teenage motorcyclist in the U.K., Johnson told BBC News.
Anne Sacoolas left the U.K. after the crash, claiming diplomatic immunity. Biden is “actively engaged” in the case, Johnson told BBC, but the prime minister tempered expectations.
“He has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue,” Johnson said of the president in his interview with the BBC. “He was extremely sympathetic, but this is not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal processes that are still going on.”
Biden’s first wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972, a personal tragedy that the president has spoken often about in his political life.
Johnson told BBC that “there are limits to what the executive can do with the legal, with the judiciary and the legal system.” Johnson’s comments were reported as Biden, Johnson and other world leaders were set to meet Friday for the G-7 summit.
Harry Dunn, 19, was killed after Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road in August 2019 and hit him with her car. Under former President Donald Trump in January 2020, the U.S. rejected the U.K.’s calls to extradite Sacoolas to face the charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
On Friday, a National Security Council spokesperson called the incident a “tragic accident” in a statement to POLITICO.
“We again offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to the Dunn family for the loss of their son. This was a tragic accident,” the spokesperson said, declining to comment beyond the statement. “Since the tragic accident occurred, the United States has been closely engaged with the UK government, and we have been transparent about our positions on legal and diplomatic matters concerning this accident.”
Interpol issued a Red Notice for Sacoolas in May 2020, a notice issued “for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence.”