Drunk driver Samuel William Davidson knew he was destined for jail after ploughing into a group of children at more than 70 kilometres over the speed limit
A drunk driver said he knew he was ‘going to jail’ after ploughing into a group of children going at more than 70 kilometres over the speed limit.
Samuel William Davidson, 30, killed four children and injured three others when his ute mounted the kerb at Oatlands, in Sydney’s northwest, on February 1.
‘What have I done? I have killed people. I am going to jail,’ he was overheard saying moments after causing the crash.
He struck all seven from behind on the footpath and dragged some along a nearby fence.
Eight-year-old Sienna Abdallah and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 13, died while on their way to buy ice-creams at a local supermarket.
Daniel Abdallah (back right) and his wife Leila (back) lost three of their six children in the crash. Antony (far left), Angelina (far right), and Sienna (front left), were killed instantly when they were hit by Samuel Davidson’s out-of-control car while on their way to get ice cream
Samuel William Davidson, 30, (pictured being led away by police) killed four children and injured three others when his ute mounted the kerb at Oatlands, in Sydney’s northwest, on February 1
Eight-year-old Sienna Abdallah and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, (pictured together) died while on their way to buy ice-creams at a local supermarket
Their cousin Veronique Sakr (pictured) was the fourth child killed as a result of the crash
Davidson, who is in custody, has pleaded guilty to nine charges including four counts of manslaughter and for driving through a red traffic light and not giving his name or address to police.
During that fateful Saturday, he’d been sitting poolside with his housemates drinking Vodka Cruisers and beers, according to the facts released by Parramatta District Court on Friday.
He had his first drink about 7am, as well as some cocaine in the day. Later he told police he had about eight full-strength beers, five rum and cokes, and no food.
That evening he drove his blue Mitsubishi 4WD with a friend to get cash out from a service station.
After abruptly pulling into Budget Petrol in North Rocks, he repeatedly beeped his horn while his friend went inside, before leaving and speeding through a red light.
The two men were seen by witnesses to be shirtless and laughing while driving erratically and swerving across each side of the road.
A photo of the victims hangs from a fence at the scene where seven children were hit by a four-wheel drive (4WD) in the suburb of Oatlands in Sydney
Both made rude hand gestures out the window at different cars along their journey, the facts state.
Another witness heard Davidson’s ‘engine revving hard’ as a motorbike swerved out of the way of his car which drove through a roundabout on the wrong side.
He noticed the driver was ‘quite animated’ and his vehicle was rocking from side to side.
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
After stopping at another red light and looking in both directions, he ‘harshly accelerated into the intersection and drove straight across four lanes of traffic’ before the light had turned green.
Shortly after, Davidson attempted to make a sharp right-hand turn on a downward slope but lost control of his speeding vehicle and mounted the concrete kerb and gutter, striking the children.
A report later found he was travelling up to 133km/h in a 50km/h zone and was moving about 111km/h at the time of impact.
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
After the two uninjured men got out of the vehicle, Davidson appeared distressed and was heard saying: ‘What have I done?… I have killed people … I am going to jail.’
The total distance between the children who were killed spanned about 17.5 metres.
As community and family members began to gather to a crowd of about 200 some could be heard screaming and the riot squad was called to maintain safety.
While he was later found to have MDMA also in his system, the effects may have been minor after the ‘substantial impairment due to his blood alcohol concentration,’ a toxicologist report found.
Davidson will be sentenced in March 2021.
A day before Davidson pleaded guilty last month, his parents told Daily Mail Australia there were ‘no winners’ from the events of that sweltering February night.
Allan and Kay Davidson said despite their son’s shocking mistake he was a ‘good boy’, but acknowledged that would not bring the four innocent victims back.
‘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.’
The mother of Antony Abdallah, 13, Angelina Abdallah, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, eight, was devastated as she paid tribute to her lost children at the scene of the crash at Oatlands
‘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.’
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.
The mother (centre) of the three siblings killed folded her arms as she arrived at the scene
‘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.
‘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.
A floral tribute lies along the fenceline on Bettington Road in Oatlands in Sydney’s northwest in February after the fatal crash
‘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.