The US Marine Corps expressed regret about what is being called a traffic accident that killed a Romanian rock star, but gave no details on the incident involving a marine embassy guard possibly driving under the influence of alcohol.
“The only thing I can tell is that we are aware of it,” Marine Corps spokesman Captain Dan McSweeney told AFP. “I did hear about the incident. It’s an unfortunate incident.”
The comment followed media reports that a heavy sport-utility vehicle driven by a US marine, who heads the embassy security detail in Bucharest, smashed early Saturday into a taxi cab carrying 50-year-old Romanian rock musician and producer Teo Peter.
Peter is reported to have died at the scene while a 28-year-old Romanian taxi driver sustained serious injuries.
The marine at the wheel of the Ford Expedition belonging to the US Embassy was identified in these reports as Robert Christopher.
He refused to allow Romanian authorities to take a blood test, and the embassy immediately spirited him out of the country to one of the US military bases in Europe, according to the reports.
Countdown until some US reporter wonders “why do the Romanians hate our Freedom so much?” starting now…