People gather to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial at the site of an accident which killed four children the day before, in the Oatlands suburbs of Sydney on February 2, 2020.
A 29-year-old drunk driver slammed his pickup truck into a group of children in Sydney, killing two sisters, their brother and a cousin and seriously injuring three others, police alleged on February 2.
A drunk driver slammed his pickup truck into a group of children in Sydney, killing two sisters, their brother and a cousin and seriously injuring three others, police alleged on Sunday.
The 29-year-old driver was charged with manslaughter and high-range drink driving following the incident late Saturday in the Oatlands suburb of western Sydney.
The children were on a footpath when the four-wheel drive jumped the curb and rammed into them, police alleged.
Three girls aged 8 to 12 and a 13-year-old boy died at the scene and two other girls and a boy were injured and taken to hospital, where they were in a stable condition Sunday, police said.
The dead included two sisters and their brother, three of the six children of Daniel and Leila Abdallah.
“Yesterday I lost three of my children. I had a cousin, Bridget, she lost her daughter as well,” Daniel Abdallah told reporters Sunday morning.
“I’m numb, probably that’s how I feel at the moment,” he said.
“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.”
A makeshift memorial was later put up where the accident occurred, with people coming to place flowers, teddy bears and candles as well as pay their respects.
The driver, whose name has not been released, was due in court Sunday facing 20 charges.
In Australia, drink driving fatalities have consistently shown high numbers, especially for the past five years.
Years before 1987, there are over 100 fatalities each year who had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) greater than the legal limit of 0.05. Fast forward to 2011-2015, that rate significantly dropped to an average of 28 fatalities killed in accidents with BAC greater than 0.05.
And in 2016, we’ve seen an increase to 34 fatalities with the same level of BAC.
99.7% of drivers who were tested did not go over the legal BAC limits. However, the last five years saw 1 out of 5 drivers killed with a BAC level over .05.