An alleged drunk driver accused of hitting and killing four children in an horrific car crash earlier this year will face 14 fresh charges today.
Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit when he was behind the wheel on February 1 in Oatlands, in Sydney's west.
Siblings Anthony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, and their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr all died after Davidson allegedly veered into them as they were going to get icecream.
Davidson will reappear at Parramatta Local Court today on a string of fresh charges including driving under the influence of drugs and speeding.
The new charges include: four counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death – influence of drug or drugs (MDMA), and four counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death – speed more than 45km/h over limit.
He is also facing a charge of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – influence of drug (MDMA) and aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – speed more than 45km/h over limit.
Davidson has also been charged with one count each of drive vehicle, illicit drug present in blood (Cocaine), drive vehicle, illicit drug present in blood (MDMA), proceed through red traffic light and not give particulars to police.
The families of the children killed said they had made a "conscious decision" not to attend court today, regardless of restrictions brought in relating to COVID-19.
"We're determined to spend time with our children who are still with us and remain in constant prayer for the strength we need to see us through this time,"
Daniel Abdullah said in a statement on behalf of the Abdullah and Sakr families.
"Our trust is in the Australian judicial system, and expect the outcome will be in accordance with true justice by the governing laws of this nation which we love."
The families also referenced their strong faith in helping them deal with the tragedy.
Source : 9 News - FREYA NOBLE
Image: The Mitsubushi 4WD ute allegedly involved in the crash. (9News)