The heartbroken mother of three children killed when they were struck by a ute driven by an alleged drink-driver in Sydney’s west wants to forgive the man facing a range of charges over the fatal crash.
Leila Abdallah revisited the scene of the crash on Bettington Road in Oatlands on Monday where her children Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, were killed alongside their cousin Veronique, 11, on Saturday evening by a Mitsubishi Triton allegedly driven by Samuel William Davidson.
“The guy, I know he was [allegedly] drunk, driving on this street. Right now I can't hate him. I don't want to see him, [but] I don't hate him,” she said addressing the media, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
"I think in my heart to forgive him, but I want the court to be fair. It's all about fairness. I'm not going to hate him, because that's not who we are.”
Davidson allegedly returned a 0.15 blood-alcohol content reading – three times the legal limit.
His ute veered from the road and mounted the footpath prior to Davidson running a red light, police allege.
The mother, who has a further three children with her husband Danny, said they had been relying on their faith and support from God since her children’s deaths.
“I am sad, I am heartbroken but I am at peace because I know my kids are in a better place," she said.
Mourners revisit crash site
On Monday as the local community continues to come to terms with a tragedy NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy described as “one of the most tragic”, mourners gathered at the crash site to leave flowers and tributes for the four children killed.
The children had been en route to buy ice cream when they were struck, along with three other children who were with them.
An 11-year-old boy is in a stable condition in Westmead Children’s Hospital while two girls aged 13 and 10 suffered minor injuries.
Davidson was denied bail when his matter went before Parramatta Local Court. He is due to return to the court on April 2.
Mr Abdallah spoke with reporters on Sunday paying tribute to his children and their cousin.
"I don't know what to say. I'm numb, probably that's what I feel at the moment. All I want to say is please, drivers, be careful," Mr Abdallah said.
"These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each other's company ... and this morning I woke up and I have lost three kids."
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