Australian drunk driver hits a group of pedestrians, kills 4 children

Source:AFP Published: 2020/2/2 17:33:40

December 2 is China's fifth annual National Traffic Safety Day. This year's theme boycotts seven kinds of traffic violations to ensure civilized driving. The seven violations include speeding, overloading, drunk driving, drugged driving, running red lights, using emergency lanes and not slowing down for pedestrians at zebra crossings. Illustration: Chen Xia/GT

A drunk driver slammed his pickup truck into a group of children in Sydney, killing two sisters, their brother and a cousin and seriously injuring three others, police alleged on Sunday.

The 29-year-old driver was charged with manslaughter and high-range drunk driving following the incident late Saturday in the Oatlands suburb.

The children were on a footpath when the four-wheel drive jumped the curb and rammed into them, police alleged.

Three girls aged 8 to 12 and a 13-year-old boy died at the scene and two other girls and a boy were injured and taken to hospital, where they were in a stable condition Sunday, police said.  

The dead included two sisters and their brother, three of the six children of Daniel and Leila Abdallah.

"Yesterday I lost three of my children. I had a cousin, Bridget, she lost her daughter as well," Daniel Abdallah told reporters Sunday morning.

"I'm numb, probably that's how I feel at the moment," 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."

The driver, whose name has not been released, was due in court Sunday facing 20 charges.



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