The family of a fourth child killed in a horror crash by an alleged drink driver in Sydney has broken their silence, after hundreds gathered for a touching vigil.
Veronique Sakr, 11, died along with her cousins Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, after they were struck on Saturday night in Oatlands.
Sakr family spokesperson Natalie Baini today issued a heartfelt statement on behalf of Veronique’s immediate family.
“There has been an enormous outpouring of grief and love from the community right throughout Australia, and we are eternally grateful,” she said.
More than a thousand people gathered for a vigil on Bettington Road, the scene of the crash, causing the road to be shut down for two hours.
Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit when he was behind the wheel of the car. He had a passenger with him in the car.
Questions are now being raised about whether the passenger should be held responsible for allowing Davidson to drive.
Victim’s advocate Howard Brown said a clear message was needed that drivers and passengers had a responsibility to the entire community.
Meanwhile, the grieving Abdallah and Sakr families face the heartbreaking task of planning their children’s funerals.
Mother of the Abdallah siblings, Leila Geagea, visited the scene yesterday, telling reporters she could forgive Davidson.
“I think in my heart I forgive him. But I want the court to be fair. I’m not going to hate him because that’s not who we are,” she told reporters.
Rugby league great Tim Mannah, a cousin to grieving father Danny Abdallah, posted a tribute to the family online.
“I have looked up to my cousin Danny since I was a kid,” he wrote on Instagram.
“His wife, Leila, is an actual hero. She raises six kids with ease and grace. Her life revolves around them. And just like that, they’ve lost three children.”
Davidson’s parents yesterday said they were devastated and their son was deeply remorseful.
“Those poor families have lost their children. No words can help them and I’m so sorry to them,” Allan Davidson told 9News.