Saudi government helped hit-and-run driver suspected of killing 15-year-old girl flee US on a private jet: Report
Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he killed Fallon Smart, 15, while speeding at the Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in 2016
Parents of a 15-year-old girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident weeks before her 16th birthday have spoken out about their devastating loss and the shocking discovery that the driver fled the country after posting bail.
After the death of Fallon Smart, 15, parents Fawn Lengvenis and Seth Smart expressed their shock when they learned that Saudi student Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, their daughter's accused killer, had escaped before the trial, Daily Mail reports.
In August 2016, two weeks away from her 16th birthday, Fallon was killed by the speeding vehicle as she tried to cross the Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Portland Community College student Noorah failed to stop his car after hitting the teenager, witnesses claimed.
Fallon's parents spoke of how the justice system had let them down after they learned that the Saudi government had assisted Noorah in his escape from the law. It was the embattled duo's first public interview since losing their daughter.
Noorah fled the country with the help of the Saudi consulate despite his arrest on charges of first-degree manslaughter and felony hit-and-run following Fallon's death. "It’s like the laws of physics go out the door. And it all starts from the beginning again," Lengvenis told Oregon Live. "The imagination runs wild. Is he just leading his normal life somewhere? Does he even think about it? Does he even care?" Father Smart added.
Lengvenis said her daughter had aspirations of becoming a scientist or a teacher. "It almost feels like you’re reading the plot of an intriguing novel. It’s hard to believe that it’s part of your reality," she said. "It’s not just mourning one life. It is mourning all the possibilities that one life had," Smart told Oregon Live.
Fallon's parents were stunned to find that Noorah had posted bail, which was set at a staggering $1 million, and was subsequently released from prison. It later came to light that the Saudi government had posted the $100,000,000 required for his release. "I’m not very hopeful. I don’t think Mr. Noorah is coming back to the United States," Smart added.
According to federal law enforcement, the Saudi government provided a secret passport to Noorah and got him out of the country on a private jet as soon as he was released from prison and placed under house arrest, Oregon Live reported.