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Driver alleged to have killed four kids ran a red light and was on the wrong side of the road, say cops and witnesses

!Aoune32

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Police say the man allegedly behind the wheel of a ute that mowed down and killed four children in western Sydney this weekend was driving on the wrong side of road and ran a red light before the crash.

Samuel William Davidson, a builder, was allegedly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit on Saturday night when his Mitsubishi ute mounted a kerb in Oatlands and struck seven children on the footpath.
The children were believed to be going for ice cream when they were walking along Bettington Road in Oatlands, near Parramatta, about 8pm that night.
Siblings Antony Abdallah, 13, Angelina Abdallah, 12, Sienna Abdallah, eight, and their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr were killed.
Samuel William Davidson is understood to have been returning from a service station when the incident took place. Picture: 7 News

Samuel William Davidson is understood to have been returning from a service station when the incident took place. Picture: 7 NewsSource:Channel 7
Three others were seriously injured, including an 11-year-old boy and two girls, aged 10 and 13, who were taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The boy remains in a serious but stable condition and both girls are stable.
Police allege the driver, 29, had been drinking at home with friends before he got behind the wheel to withdraw cash at a service station, less than 2km away.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Davidson and a 24-year-old friend were returning home when the 29-year-old is alleged to have gone through a red light and was seen travelling on the wrong side of the road just seconds before he allegedly killed the children.
One female driver said she witnessed the car careening towards the direction of pedestrians and honked her horn to alert the driver.
Davidson was arrested at the scene and remains in custody. He was seen being taken away in handcuffs and shirtless.


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Police say he was uninjured, given a breath-test following the incident and returned a reading of 0.150, three times above the legal limit.
The driver was uninjured. Picture: Dean Asher

The driver was uninjured. Picture: Dean AsherSource:News Corp Australia
He has been charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm, negligent driving and drink-driving.
Davidson’s case was heard on Sunday at the Parramatta Bail Court, according to AAP, but he did not appear and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused by magistrate John McIntosh.
He’s scheduled to return to Parramatta Local Court on April 2.
AAP reported that Mr McIntosh visibly shook his head while reading the facts of the case. Three of the children killed in Saturday’s incident were siblings from the Abdallah family and the fourth was their cousin.
Danny Abdallah, the father of the victims aged 8, 12 and 13, told reporters on Sunday he and wife Leila were heartbroken. They both visited the site on Bettington Road on Sunday morning, with Leila extremely distressed.
Veronique Sakr tragically lost her life.

Veronique Sakr tragically lost her life.Source:Supplied
Sienna Abdallah, 8, was also killed. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Sienna Abdallah, 8, was also killed. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied
Distraught members of the Oatlands community on Sunday also placed flowers at the scene, with shrines established for each of the Abdallah children.
“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.” The seriously injured child was not from the Abdallah family.
He was taken to The Children’s Hospital in Westmead in a critical condition but is now in a serious but stable condition.
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.”
Tributes have flowed for the four children. Picture: David Swift.

Tributes have flowed for the four children. Picture: David Swift.Source:News Corp Australia
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.
“Tragedies do occur but in my time in policing, this is one of the most tragic involving young children dying,” Mr Corboy said.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Jason Joyce said the driver remained at the scene until the police arrived and there were indications his 24-year-old male passenger tried to help some of the children.
Mr McAlpine said approximately 18 paramedics and a number of doctors attended after receiving reports of “a number of pedestrians hit by a vehicle”.
“When the first crews arrived on scene they were confronted with carnage,” he said.
“Very, very difficult scene with obviously a lot of chaos. It’s incredibly hard for all the emergency services, notwithstanding the loss the families have sustained.
“It’s very, very difficult for police, fire rescue, paramedics to be confronted with such chaos and such carnage.”

 

!Aoune32

Well-Known Member
Poor kids. 3 dead from the same family and 1 is a cousin. The driver should get the death penalty. 3 times the legal limit at 0.15
 

!Aoune32

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The mother of three children killed in a horrific crash in Sydney’s north west says she forgives the man allegedly drunk behind the wheel.

Leila Geagea, who lost Anthony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, on Saturday returned this morning to the scene of the crash at Oatlands’ Bettington Road — where flowers and teddy bears have been left to remember the victims.
It was there she faced reporters and told them she doesn’t hate the driver, who is alleged to have been three times over the limit when he mounted a kerb with his ute and struck seven children.
“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.
Leila Geagea visited the crash site today. Picture John Grainger

Leila Geagea visited the crash site today. Picture John GraingerSource:News Corp Australia
“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.”
Meanwhile, her husband has revealed what he said to his children who were tragically killed that night.
He said they told him they would be home before dark when they set off to buy ice cream.
Since they were in a big group, he decided it was fine for them to go but told them very clearly to stick together and stay on the footpath.
“I told them to go for a walk, a little walk and stay together. ‘You guys should be OK’, give them a little independence and this is a one-in-a-million chance thing,” he told reporters.


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Danny Abdallah (second on the left) lost three of his children on Saturday.

Danny Abdallah (second on the left) lost three of his children on Saturday.Source:Supplied
Not long after he gave them that advice, the group of seven wandered past a golf club at Oatlands on Bettington when the unthinkable happened.
Allegedly drunk driver Samuel William Davidson, 29, was returning from grabbing some cash from a servo when his ute mounted the kerb and hit the group of children.
This morning, Mr Abdallah, a father of six, has received the good news that his 11-year-old boy had come out of a coma.
However, three of his children, Anthony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, were killed that night.
The victims' mother Leila Geagea came to look at flowers placed at the scene of the crash. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

The victims' mother Leila Geagea came to look at flowers placed at the scene of the crash. Picture: AAP Image/Joel CarrettSource:AAP
Calling himself a “part-time worker, full-time father” Mr Abdallah he spoke lovingly of the children he had lost when he faced reporters yesterday.
“Antony is 13, very handsome boy. He loved basketball. He woke up that morning and said, ‘We’re going to play this game for Kobe (Bryant)’,” he said.
“Angelina, she was my MLH, my little helper. Anything I needed, she had my back.”
“Sienna, she was my little diva, my little actress,” he said.
The fourth victim has been named as 11-year-old Veronique Sakr — a cousin of the other victims.
Overnight, Veronique’s family released a statement paying tribute to their “beautiful girl”.
“We are devastated by the tragic and senseless loss of our beautiful girl, Veronique,” her family wrote.
Veronique Sakr was spending Saturday night with her cousins when tragedy struck.

Veronique Sakr was spending Saturday night with her cousins when tragedy struck.Source:Supplied
She was in year 6 at Santa Sabina College.

She was in year 6 at Santa Sabina College.Source:Supplied
“Words cannot describe the pain we feel for all the families impacted by this tragedy.
“Veronique was a vibrant 11-year-old girl, full of life, love and had a maturity well beyond her young years.
“Veronique brought us all such joy and will be forever remembered. Veronique will remain in our hearts always.”
The 11-year-old was in year 6 at Santa Sabina College. On Facebook, the school announced it would be holding a memorial service in her honour.
Mr Abdallah, pleaded with drivers to be more careful.
“Yesterday, I lost three of my children,” the tearful father of six said.
“I had a cousin, Bridget, she lost her daughter as well. I don’t know what to say. I’m numb, probably that’s how I feel at the moment.
Sienna Abdallah, 8, was killed in the crash. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Sienna Abdallah, 8, was killed in the crash. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied
Angelina Abdallah, 12, was also killed. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Angelina Abdallah, 12, was also killed. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied
“All I just want to say is please, drivers, be careful. These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each others’ company, and this morning I woke up – I have lost three kids.
“Please, just, make sure you love your loved ones, your kids especially.
Mr Abdallah’s wife, Leila, was pictured at the scene on Sunday morning, tearfully paying tribute to her children.
Distraught members of the Oatlands community on Sunday also placed flowers at the scene, with shrines established for each of the Abdallah children.
“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.”
The man accused of manslaughter and more than a dozen serious driving offences, meanwhile, will remain behind bars for at least another two months after failing to apply for bail.
Antony Abdallah, 13, was the oldest of the four victims. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Antony Abdallah, 13, was the oldest of the four victims. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied
Danny Abdallah pleaded with drivers to take care on the roads. Picture: Adam Yip

Danny Abdallah pleaded with drivers to take care on the roads. Picture: Adam YipSource:News Corp Australia
Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit on Saturday night when his Mitsubishi ute mounted a kerb in Oatlands.
Police allege he had been drinking at home with friends before he got behind the wheel to withdraw cash at a service station, less than 2km away.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Davidson and a 24-year-old friend were returning home when the 29-year-old is alleged to have gone through a red light and was seen travelling on the wrong side of the road just seconds before he allegedly killed the children.
One female driver said she witnessed the car careening towards the direction of pedestrians and honked her horn to alert the driver.
Of the surviving children, a nine-year-old boy is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, and two girls aged 13 and 10 suffered minor injuries.
Davidson was arrested after returning a positive roadside breath test result and allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.15.
He 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 on Sunday heard at Parramatta Bail Court. 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.
 

Lebe

Well-Known Member
It's very sad, especially when there are so many campaigns against drunk driving. Unfortunately it's very prevalent in Lebanon as well.
 

Danny Z

Legendary Member
This what happens when you drive on the wrong side of the road in a country where people drive on the wrong side of the road.
 

Danny Z

Legendary Member
Your joking right. Let it happen to your family member then tell me. God forbid.
You still haven't understood the concept of justice have you!?
Even your argument used above doesn't work, the mother says she forgave him, so yeah it happened to her family and she undertands justice better than you do. You're still stuck in the revenge instinct.
 

!Aoune32

Well-Known Member
You still haven't understood the concept of justice have you!?
Even your argument used above doesn't work, the mother says she forgave him, so yeah it happened to her family and she undertands justice better than you do. You're still stuck in the revenge instinct.

each can speak his opinion. my opinion differs from the mother. i would kill him in an instant.
 

Danny Z

Legendary Member
each can speak his opinion. my opinion differs from the mother. i would kill him in an instant.

That's not how modern society works, many Lebanese are just like you, that's why the country can't get anywhere because of basic animalistic values that don't function well in advanced societies, everything is based on revenge and each takes his revenge in his own hands, you are a perfect example of it.
 

Mrsrx

Not an expert!
Staff member
each can speak his opinion. my opinion differs from the mother. i would kill him in an instant.
The justice system exists to avoid family retaliations (amongst many other reasons). This is a tragedy and i understand where you are coming from but that mentality is exactly what exists in lebanon for example with "el-Tar" amongst Acheyir in Bekaa areas (not an expert correct me if im wrong). That system goes into an endless loop of blood. I think we can both agree that this is not a good system.
Justice is cold for a reason.
 

!Aoune32

Well-Known Member
That's not how modern society works, many Lebanese are just like you, that's why the country can't get anywhere because of basic animalistic values that don't function well in advanced societies, everything is based on revenge and each takes his revenge in his own hands, you are a perfect example of it.

hey relax with the name calling brah. that isnt why we arent advancing. i can name you 100 reasons why we dont advance and that isnt one of them. You like picking fights dont u? what is justice? a drunk dumb pric* killing 4 innocent children 3 of the same family. Half my family is gone in 2 seconds and the bastard who is 29 gets 25 years at most and comes out at 50? thats justice is it.
 

!Aoune32

Well-Known Member
The justice system exists to avoid family retaliations (amongst many other reasons). This is a tragedy and i understand where you are coming from but that mentality is exactly what exists in lebanon for example with "el-Tar" amongst Acheyir in Bekaa areas (not an expert correct me if im wrong). That system goes into an endless loop of blood. I think we can both agree that this is not a good system.
Justice is cold for a reason.

Not only in the Bekaa but in the North too but yes your right. What justice ? Let us see under Australian law how much this prick gets then we can see if justice is fair.
 
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