No Bail For Driver Accused Of Killing Four Kids In Sydney’s Northwest
The driver accused of being behind the wheel of a fatal car crash in Sydney’s northwest which left four children dead and a fifth in a serious condition, will remain behind bars until his next court hearing.
Three of the children killed in Saturday night's incident at Oatlands near Parramatta were siblings and the fourth was a member of the extended family.
The group of seven children had been on the footpath on their way to buy ice cream at around 8pm when they were allegedly hit by a four-wheel drive.
"Police have been told the children were on the footpath when a Mitsubishi Triton utility allegedly mounted the kerb and struck the children," NSW Police said in a statement.
Samuel Davidson, 29, the alleged driver of the car, was charged with 20 offences, including four charges of manslaughter, after the crash. He allegedly returned a result of 0.150 after a breath analysis test.
Davidson’s case was heard at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday, where he did not appear and did not apply for bail.
His bail was formally refused, meaning he will remain behind bars for at least the next two months until the case is heard again on April 2.
On Sunday morning, Daniel, the father of three of the killed children issued a heartbreaking statement to media.
"Yesterday, I lost three of my children. I had a cousin, Bridget, she lost her daughter as well. I don't know what to say. I'm numb," 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."
Daniel said he had six children, with those sadly deceased aged 13, 12 and nine. He said his cousin's child was the fourth killed in the crash.
Daniel said another of his children, aged 10, was in hospital. Another child, aged nine, was in hospital in a coma, while seventh child also remains under medical care.
"We had six kids under the age of 10, 10 years and under. It was beautiful. We loved it," Daniel said.
"That was my full-time job. I say full-time father, part-time worker. They were my priority. And now they're gone."
Emergency services were called to Oatlands before 8pm on Saturday, but four of the children died at the scene, police said.
A fifth child, 10, was taken to The Children's Hospital in Westmead in a critical condition. Two girls, aged 10 and 13, were taken to hospital, both in a serious but stable condition, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.
At 9.30am, police provided a statement to confirm the driver had been charged with 20 offences including:
- four counts of manslaughter,
- four counts of dangerous driving occasioning death - drive under influence,
- four counts of dangerous driving occasioning death - drive manner dangerous,
- dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm - drive under the influence
- dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm - drive manner dangerous
- two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle,
- negligent driving (occasioning death),
- negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm),
- drive with high range PCA,
- proceed through red traffic light (not toll booth)
"I can't even comprehend it," a friend of the father told the newspaper.
"He has six kids - he's lost half his family. They've lived here for years - (he is) a builder - everyone around here knows him."
A local described how residents tried to save the children.
"People ran over and were doing CPR until the paramedics got here," the witness said.
"One woman was screaming out 'save them, save them'."
NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Andrew McAlpine said paramedics had arrived to a horrific scene.
"When the first crews arrived on scene they were met with carnage, a very, very difficult scene with a lot of chaos," he said.
Police said the family were at the hospital with relatives.
"They're obviously very distraught and under these circumstances we can't provide much information to them at this stage so that's difficult for them," Acting Assistant Commissioner Jason Joyce said.