Snapchat Crash Victim's Family: 'Learn From What She Did'
In the intensive care ward of Westmead Hospital, Dennis Sales' three kids held his hands and told him they loved him.
Because of the tubes down his throat, he couldn’t reply, but he pointed at his heart and then at his children to let them know he felt the same way.
"When I saw him I started crying," 15-year-old Korey tells 10 News First.
"It was pretty bad, pretty upsetting seeing him like that"
The 44-year-old endured a day-long surgery on Tuesday. He has three broken ribs, a ruptured diaphragm, and a mess of misplaced organs which doctors needed to re-arrange.
"It went for 12 hours I think," said 14-year-old Paige.
"And for that 12 hours, I just couldn't stop thinking about him."
Sales -- the lead singer in a band -- was returning from a gig at the Riverstone RSL in the early hours of Sunday morning when the car he was travelling in was hit head-on by another vehicle.
Snapchat video shared from inside the little pink hatch-back moments before the crash, showed the driver, Shania McNeill driving erratically and clearly distracted as she played up for the camera.
She died in the crash, and two of her friends were injured.
But Sales' injuries, and those suffered by the driver of the car, keyboard player Ken Morrow, were far more serious. The vehicle itself was a crumpled mess.
"It's pretty tough looking at all the damage," said 18-year-old Mitchell Sales.
"It's kind of hard to believe they actually did survive."
The family was shocked to see the Snapchat videos revealing what was going on in the pink car prior to the crash.
"I just hope people learn from what she has done," said Paige.
"I just wish it never happened. I hope people think before they do stuff and see the consequences of their actions. And this could be one of them if they're doing what she was doing."
"The circumstances behind it are pretty awful," said Mitchell.
"But what's happened has happened, and I can't focus on being angry, I've got to focus on being there for my dad and being supportive."
It's likely Sales will be off work for at least six months, and his family is now worried about how they will pay the bills.
"It means the world to me," Mitchell told 10 News First.
"It's not just about dad, they're also concerned about Kenny, his mate. It touches my heart."
Mitchell said his dad's band, Rogue Syndicate, intends to keep playing gigs using a replacement singer while Dennis recovers.
"He will try and push through. He will sing again. Even if it's hurting him he will try and do it. He's very determined."