The father of three siblings who were run down by a car on a quiet Sydney street has shared his final conversation with his young children before their shocking deaths.
Siblings Antony Abdallah, 13, Angelina Abdallah, 12, Sienna Abdallah, eight, and their 11-year-old cousin, Veronique Sakr, were among seven children allegedly struck by Samuel Davidson’s car on Saturday night in Oatlands, in the city’s west.
The four children died while a nine-year-old boy is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, and two girls aged 13 and 10 suffered minor injuries.
The siblings’ father, Danny Abdallah, said the group were walking to buy ice cream at the time of the accident.
“I told them to go for a walk, a little walk, and stay together,” he said.
“You guys should be okay, give them a little independence, and this is a one-in-a-million chance thing,” he said while visiting a makeshift memorial for his children with his wife, Leila, on Sunday night.
Mr Abdullah said the tragedy had left his family feeling “numb” and he begged for drivers to be careful on the roads.
"These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each other's company... and this morning I woke up and I have lost three kids,” he said.
Alleged drunk driver remains behind bars
Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit when his Mitsubishi ute mounted a kerb in Oatlands and struck the children on the footpath.
Police allege he had been drinking with friends before leaving to get cash from a nearby Caltex service station.
He allegedly jumped a red light on the way to the shop and was on the way home when he mounted the kerb, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The newspaper has reported Davidson is the son of a retired NSW police detective.
Witnesses told The Daily Telegraph he was seen driving on the wrong side of the road.
Davidson has been charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm, negligent driving and drink driving.
His case was heard at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday. He did not appear in court and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused by magistrate John McIntosh.
Davidson is scheduled to return to Parramatta Local Court on April 2.
Mother of the three killed siblings, Leila Geagea, said she forgives the driver and does not hate him.
“I think in my heart I forgive him,” she said.
“But I want the court to be fair. I'm not going to hate him because that's not who we are," she told reporters at the scene of the tragedy on Monday.
Paramedics confronted with “carnage”
NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Andrew McAlpine on Saturday evening said paramedics had attended a horrific scene.
"This is incredibly hard for the emergency services, notwithstanding the losses that the families have sustained," he told reporters.
"It's very, very difficult for police, for fire rescue, for paramedics to be confronted with such chaos and carnage."
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told reporters on Sunday the driver was charged after refusing to be interviewed by police, but they were speaking with witnesses.
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