The driver allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.150 - three times over the limit. He is expected to receive the ultimate penalty for manslaughter, which is 25 years in NSW.
Three siblings and a cousin of theirs were killed in a horrific accident as they were run over by a 4WD when they were on their way to get some ice cream, reports Daily Mail. Seven children were riding their bikes on the pavement in Oatlands, north-west Sydney, just before 8 pm, when a Mitsubishi Triton went over the curb and ran them over. Allegedly the driver was drunk. The three siblings were Antony Abdallah, 13, Angelina Abdallah, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, eight. Their cousin, an 11-year-old girl named Veronique was also killed. There were three other kids injured in the crash. An 11-year-old boy and two girls, aged 10 and 13, were rushed to Westmead Children's Hospital. Reports state that the boy remains in a serious but stable condition and both girls are stable.
AUSTRALIA: Four children killed in Sydney after drunk driver struck them with his car as they walked on the footpath.— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) February 1, 2020
The children's parents were out having dinner and the kids went to get ice-cream with their babysitter. The driver, Samuel William Davidson, 29, has been charged with 20 counts including manslaughter and high-range drunk driving after the crash. He did not appear at Parramatta Bail Court where he was refused bail on Sunday. Daniel Abdallah, the father of the three siblings, made a heartfelt plea as he urged drivers to stay cautious while on the roads, and told others to "make sure you love your loved ones."
A heartbroken father has just bravely spoken after four children were killed and three others injured by an alleged drink-driver while they were riding bikes to get ice cream in Sydney's northwest. #9News pic.twitter.com/R04IbuE5E8— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) February 1, 2020
Leila, their mother, knelt down to pray after arriving to a wall of floral tributes and rosaries at the scene. In a press conference on Sunday afternoon, NSW Police assistant commissioner Michael Corboy, visibly teary, said the accused was looking at the maximum penalty for alleged manslaughter. "Manslaughter charges carry the ultimate penalty, so lengthy jail periods at the maximum. We think we have a very strong briefing," he told reporters when they asked about the punishment the alleged offender could receive.
Should Australia have a zero tolerance for drink-driving?— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) February 2, 2020
Dr John Crozier, of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, suggested the 0.00 blood alcohol limit after the horror crash near Parramatta that killed four children. pic.twitter.com/NktlETUm1j
25 years is the maximum sentence for manslaughter in New South Wales. Acting assistant commissioner Jason Joyce described the children's death as a "tragedy we haven't seen for some time." Davidson has been charged with 20 offenses, including four counts of manslaughter, four counts of dangerous driving occasioning death while driving under the influence, four counts of dangerous driving occasioning death while driving in a dangerous manner, two counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct while in charge of a motor vehicle and negligent driving.
He allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.150 - three times over the limit, according to 7 News. Abdallah, 41, said he was 'numb' after losing half of his six children. "I have a wife Leila, six beautiful children I have been blessed with – yesterday I lost three of my beautiful children," he said. "These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each other's company, and this morning I woke up and I'd lost three kids. I told them to go for a little walk to stay together - 'you guys should be OK'. Give them a little bit of independence. This is one in a million. They were just walking on the footpath."