Who is Fallon Smart? Father of girl killed by Saudi student who then fled US urges Biden not to ‘deal with devil’
The father of a 15-year-old teenager, Fallon Smart, who was killed in August 2016 by Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah's recklessly speeding car, says President Joe Biden will be making a huge mistake if he closes a deal for oil during his visit to Saudi city of Jeddah next week without raising the case of his daughter.
According to our earlier report, Abdulrahman was charged with first-degree manslaughter and felony hit-and-run after Fallon was killed in Oregon. However, he fled the country with the help of the Saudi consulate who paid $100,000 to free him on bail.
Fallon's father Seth Smart spoke to DailyMail and expressed his thoughts on Biden's upcoming visit. The 40-year-old said, "You know, dealing with the Kingdom of Saudi ... if you're gonna make a deal with them, it's making a deal with the devil. They do not care about human rights. I mean, we've we've all heard of Jamal Khashoggi. And they don't respect the freedom freedom of the press."
He added, "They don't respect our due process. They don't respect the lives of our citizens. So I think any any deal he makes that doesn't explicitly try to curb that or address it is going to be a bad deal."
Who was Fallon Smart?
In August 2016, Fallon, a high school student, was crossing the street at an intersection in southeast Portland area when she was hit by Abdulrahman, a Saudi national, who was driving in a gold Lexus at nearly 60 miles per hour, according to reports by The Oregonian. Abdulrahman, who was 21 at that time and a student at Portland Community College, failed to stop his vehicle after colliding with the teenage girl.
In their first interview with Oregon Live after the death of their daughter, Lengvenis, the mother, said, “It’s like the laws of physics go out the door. And it all starts from the beginning again.” While the father told, “The imagination runs wild. Is he just leading his normal life somewhere? Does he even think about it? Does he even care?”
Biden’s discomfort with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
In 2018, a US-based journalist Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi officials at the country’s consulate in Istanbul. And within a span of a month, the Central Intelligence Agency said that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had ordered the attack. Following this, the president has been vocal about his discomfort at every meeting with the Crown Prince. However, Biden is under pressure to restore good relations with Saudi Arabia that can help to increase global oil supplies and lower the price of gas.