SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Parents: Saudi Accused in Girl's Death Likely Won't Return

Federal law enforcement officials believe the Saudi government then helped him escape the country.

Posted: Feb 1, 2019 10:29 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a teenage girl who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street in Portland, Oregon, say they are having a hard time dealing with the fact that the suspect has disappeared and may have been helped by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Fifteen-year-old Fallon Smart was struck Aug. 19, 2016. Police say the vehicle was driven by Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, a Saudi who was charged with manslaughter, reckless driving and other crimes. The government of Saudi Arabia posted the then 21-year-old's bail.

Federal law enforcement officials believe the Saudi government then helped him escape the country.

Fallon's father, Seth Smart, told The Oregonian/OregonLive the family's lives have been "forever changed."

"The imagination runs wild," he told the newspaper. "Is he just leading his normal life somewhere? Does he even think about it? Does he even care?"

The case has generated international headlines, and Oregon's U.S. senators are seeking answers on Capitol Hill.

In their first interview since her death, Fallon's parents grieved the loss of the daughter they described as gentle and generous. They also grappled with how their family's personal tragedy carried political implications between the U.S. and a longstanding ally in the Middle East.

"It almost feels like you're reading the plot of an intrigue novel," said Fallon's mother, Fawn Lengvenis. "It's hard to believe that it's part of your reality."

Fallon's parents were surprised — and concerned — when the young Saudi student posted bail.

Fahad Nazer, a spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., has previously said that, as a policy, the Saudi government will cover the cost of bail for any citizen jailed in the U.S. who asks for assistance.

Noorah was placed under house arrest while his trial approached. Then he vanished.

Smart doesn't believe the man accused of killing his daughter will ever face a trial.

"I'm not very hopeful," he said. "I don't think Mr. Noorah is coming back to the United States."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 345344

Reported Deaths: 4084
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54651678
Washington37724310
Marion35705439
Clackamas28835298
Lane26661291
Jackson22465297
Deschutes19252122
Umatilla14081139
Linn12200114
Douglas11664238
Josephine9174191
Yamhill8438108
Klamath7549106
Polk707380
Malheur542374
Benton521531
Coos481591
Columbia368143
Jefferson355650
Union309944
Lincoln306033
Wasco275839
Crook263643
Clatsop238027
Baker195628
Tillamook191926
Hood River186036
Morrow180223
Curry177019
Harney106424
Grant96512
Lake86910
Wallowa65712
Gilliam1484
Sherman1453
Wheeler941
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4802761

Reported Deaths: 70456
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147341026379
Riverside3689534978
San Diego3631694151
San Bernardino3558485562
Orange3224975513
Sacramento1574982273
Santa Clara1443001886
Fresno1437452048
Kern1437161600
Alameda1197741365
San Joaquin1016431696
Ventura1004421162
Contra Costa99102969
Stanislaus849231310
Tulare78753945
San Francisco53974644
San Mateo53781618
Monterey50676582
Solano45734334
Santa Barbara44770518
Merced41680577
Sonoma40638400
Placer38813412
Imperial35591762
Kings32197312
San Luis Obispo29590330
Madera23420281
Butte23298257
Shasta23230334
Santa Cruz20830217
Yolo20092247
Marin17570243
El Dorado16947149
Sutter13762169
Napa12797100
Yuba992780
Tehama9240103
Humboldt9085108
Nevada902590
Mendocino751686
Lassen743743
San Benito735972
Tuolumne671793
Lake6499103
Amador536763
Siskiyou442742
Glenn429930
Calaveras380279
Del Norte355739
Colusa301618
Inyo194239
Mono16285
Plumas15476
Mariposa126215
Trinity85811
Modoc6678
Sierra1710
Unassigned1480
Alpine1020
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 72°
Brookings
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 59°
Crater Lake
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 72°
Grants Pass
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 72°
Klamath Falls
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 68°
Big changes later this weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events