“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.”

By Ian Horswill

Posted on February 3, 2020

Four children, three siblings and their cousin, were killed when they were hit by a car driven by an allegedly drunk 29-year-old motorist as they walked along a footpath in Sydney, Australia.

“They were going for a walk, an evening walk together and I was very clear on telling them to stay together and on the footpath,” the three siblings’ father Danny Abdallah told the Daily Telegraph.

“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.”

Antony Abdallah, 13, his sisters Angelina, 12 and Sienna, 8, and their cousin, 11-year-old Veronique Sakr were killed when struck by an allegedly out of control car as they walked along the footpath. They were with three relatives, an 11-year-old boy and two girls aged 10 and 13, who were also injured. The boy, 11, has come out of a coma.

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Samuel Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit on Saturday night when his Mitsubishi Triton ute mounted a kerb and struck seven children on the footpath. He is alleged to have gone through a red light as he left a service station and seen travelling on the wrong side of the road just seconds before he allegedly killed the children on the footpath.

Davidson, a builder and son of a retired NSW Police Force officer, faces 20 charges including four counts of manslaughter.

On Monday, their three siblings’ mother, 32-year-old Leila Geagea Abdallah, returned to the scene of the alleged crime that has turned into a memorial flooded with hundreds of flowers, rosary beads, teddy bears and other tributes.

“To be fully honest with you, it feels very unreal, I still don’t feel it’s true, I feel that they are still with me – I’m still waiting for them to come home,” she told reporters.

“I opened my eyes this morning, I was waiting for Antony, Angelina and Sienna … you see all of them around each other, cheering each other up, lifting each other.

“And I just miss them – I was waiting for that.”

Ms Abdallah, a member of the Maronite church, said she had prayed her whole life to God but did not foresee losing her children.

“I didn’t ask him to take my kids, I asked him to take everything away from me but my kids,” she said.

“To be honest with you, I am sad, I am heartbroken, but I’m at peace because I know my kids are in a better place. My kids are angels. They are right now with us, I can feel them, I’ve got goosebumps, I can feel them touching me and telling me they are with us.”

She said she could not hate the alleged killer of her children.

“I can’t hate him, I don’t want to see him, I don’t hate him … I think in my heart, I forgive him,” she said.

“But I want the court to be fair and right – it’s all about fairness.

“I’m not going to hate him, because that’s not who we are and that’s not what our religion tells us.”

Australia has about 200,000 Lebanese people and the shocking crime even affected Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who tweeted: “This tragedy has affected all of Lebanon and not just the families of the victims.”

The tragedy has been shared heavily on social media in Lebanon while Maronite churches in Sydney and beyond have prayed for the families.

Lebanon’s foreign ministry has instructed the country’s ambassador to Australia to aid the grieving families.