The parents of a drug driver who will today plead guilty to mowing down four kids as they walked to get ice cream say there are ‘no winners’ from the events of that balmy February night.
Samuel William Davidson, 30, had allegedly consumed a cocktail of beer, MDMA and cocaine before getting behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi 4WD and ploughing into Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, as they walked to their local shops at Oatlands, in Sydney’s north-west.
Davidson will face Parramatta Local Court on Thursday where he is expected to enter a formal plea of guilty to seven charges – including four counts of manslaughter.
Danny and Leila Abdallah, and Bob and Bridgitte Sakr, the parents of the victims, will not attend court to see Davidson enter the plea.
His parents Allan and Kay Davidson told Daily Mail Australia that despite his shocking mistake he is a ‘good boy’, but acknowledged that would not bring the four innocent victims back.
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Samuel William Davidson, 30, had allegedly consumed a cocktail of beer, MDMA and cocaine before getting behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi 4WD and hitting and killing a group of four children on February 1. He is today expected to plead guilty to several charges, including four counts of manslaughter
Daniel Abdallah (back right) and his wife Leila (back) lost three of their six children in the crash. Antony (far left), 13, Angelina (far right), 12, and Sienna (front left), 9, were killed instantly while on their way to get ice cream
Their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr (right, with her mother Bridget and brother Michael) was also killed
‘There are no winners out of this. It has ruined everyone’s lives,’ Mr Davidson, an ex-policeman, said.
‘You can only do so much as a parent. He only moved down to Sydney last year and a few months later and his life is ruined.’
‘He is a good boy. But I know that doesn’t bring those kids back,’ his wife said.
‘His Facebook page does him no favours, he looks like a party boy but he wasn’t.
‘He was not in his right mind when he did that, because he would never even think of doing anything like that if he was not on anything.’
Davidson had allegedly spent almost the entirety of February 1 – a sweltering summer day – partying with his two housemates at their rental property in Oatlands.
That evening at about 7.45pm, Davidson allegedly got into his car with a passenger and drove to a nearby petrol station to get cash out.
CCTV allegedly captured the blue Mitsubishi 4WD driving along Bettington Road on their way to the petrol station.
As they drove down the steep hill on the same road just minutes later, Davidson lost control of his vehicle at an alleged speed of close to 140km/h.
The car swerved off the road to the left and ploughed into a group of seven children.
Davidson’s shattered parents told Daily Mail Australia ahead of his court appearance that there are ‘no winners’ from the tragedy
Allan and Kay Davidson (pictured in February) said that despite his shocking mistake there son was always a ‘good boy’, but they acknowledged that would not bring the four innocent victims back
CCTV footage captured Davidson’s 4WD speeding on Bettington Road before the fatal crash. He was allegedly travelling at speeds of close to 140km/h when he lost control of the vehicle
Davidson had allegedly been drinking with friends at home before he got behind the wheel of his ute. He drove to a Caltex service station about 1.8km away to get cash out. While on his way home, he allegedly ran a red light before crashing into a group of seven children – killing four
Four of the young relatives were killed instantly while another cousin, Charbel Kassas suffered serious injuries that left him in a coma for several weeks.
Despite doctors fearing he would not survive, he is now incredibly on his way to a full recover.
In the aftermath of the crash thousands of friends, family and well wishers from right across Sydney flocked to the makeshift shrine on Bettington Road to pay tribute and leave flowers.
Some of the most poignant moments in the wake of the tragedy came from Leila and Danny Abdallah.
Just hours after the crash and before he had been able to comprehend the loss three of his six children, Mr Abdallah fronted cameras to share stories about their lives.
‘My name is Daniel Abdallah. I have a wife, Leila, and six beautiful children I’ve been blessed with. Yesterday, I lost three of my children,’ he said, fighting back tears.
The backyard and swimming pool at the rental property Davidson shared with two mates at Oatlands, in Sydney’s north west
Davidson had been to the nearby Caltex petrol station on Pennant Hills Rd (pictured) to withdraw cash from an ATM and was returning home when the accident happened
Danny and Leila Abdallah were regulars at the scene in the days after the crash and prayed for the four innocent children with family, friends and well wishers from all across Sydney
Micheal Sakr, 9, holds his mother Bridget’s hand for support as they visit the scene of the tragedy where Veronique, 11, was killed
‘I’m numb. 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’ve lost three kids.
‘I told them to go for a little walk, to stay together, you guys should be OK. Give them a little bit of independence. This is one in a million [chance]. They were just walking on the footpath.
‘Antony is 13, very handsome boy. He loved basketball. He woke up that morning and said: “We’re going to play this game for Kobe [Bryant]”.
‘Angelina, she was my MLH, my little helper. Anything I needed, she had my back.
‘Sienna, she was my little diva, my little actress.
‘They’ve gone to a better place.’
The next day Mr Abdallah was joined at the scene by his wife who incredible pledged to forgive Davidson.
‘The guy [Davidson], I know he was [allegedly] drunk, driving on this street… right now I can’t hate him. I don’t want to see him, [but] I don’t hate him,’ she said.
Leila Geagea (pictured in grey kneeling down) was among a crowd of mourners on Sunday morning as she grieved the loss of three of her children after they were allegedly ploughed into by a drunk driver in Oatlands in Sydney’s western suburbs
‘I think in my heart to forgive him, but I want the court to be fair. It’s all about fairness. I’m not going to hate him, because that’s not who we are.’
Mrs Abdallah’s amazing gesture came despite people close to them offering to carry out an act of vengeance for their enormous loss.
Davidson struck a deal with the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions in September to have several of his charges dropped in exchange for a guilty plea.
The move ensures the struggling families did not have to endure a weeks’ long trial.
Davidson is still facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, although is likely to see a lesser sentence imposed because of his early guilty plea.
Source: Daily Mail AU