Mum Of Three Kids Killed In Horror Crash Forgives Alleged Drunk-Driver
A mother said she "can't hate" the alleged drunk-driver involved in the crash that killed three of her children, as she prayed for her "angels" in heaven.
On Monday, Leila Geagea returned to the scene of the alleged crime in Oatlands, in Sydney's north west, where four children were killed and three others injured.
Police allege Samuel William Davidson, 29, was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit when his ute mounted the curb on Bettingon Road on Saturday night, hitting the group of children.
Three of Geagea's children --- Sienna, eight, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 -- and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, died at the scene.
An 11-year-old boy has been put into an induced coma and remains in a stable condition at The Children's Hospital in Westmead. Two girls, aged 10 and 13, were treated by paramedics at the scene and are in a stable condition.
Speaking to reporters in Oatlands, where family and community members have been gathering around a makeshift shrine, Geagea said she forgave her children's alleged killer.
"The guy, I know he was [allegedly] drunk, driving on this street. Right now I can't hate him," she said.
"In my heart, I forgive him. I want the court to be fair. I'm not going to hate him, because that's not who we are, and that's not what my religion tells us."
Geagea said she and her husband, Danny Abdallah, have been leaning on their strong faith as they come to terms with the deaths of three of their six children.
"We love our kids so much. I can feel them hugging me," she said.
"We tried to focus on the spiritual side more than anything. We tried to teach them to pray the rosary, to read the Bible, to live their faith, to be good people in faith, and to share God's faith through them.
"Since I was a kid, all I did was pray ... I ask God to come all [sic] together, as a community to pray together. But I didn't ask [him] to take my kids."
Geagea described her children as "angels" who "are in a better place", but said that the days since the horror accident have felt "unreal".
"To be fully honest with you, it feels unreal. I still don’t feel it’s true. I feel they are still with me, I’m still waiting for them to come home," she said.
The group of seven children had been on the footpath on their way to buy ice cream at the time of the alleged crash.
Geagea said her daughter, one of the girls who remains in hospital, is "upset" and "miserable" at the thought of having to walk to school without her siblings.
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.
Davidson will next appear in court in April.
The fatal crash has sparked a renewed push for a road rules overhaul in NSW, with experts calling on a zero blood-alcohol limit for drivers.
In NSW, the blood alcohol limit is currently 0.05 for most drivers but a zero alcohol limit applies for learner and p-plate drivers.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons said there was evidence to show a zero blood-alcohol limit would reduce the risk-taking behaviour of drivers.