The grandmother of the children killed by an alleged drunk driver in Sydney’s north-west today broke down as she described the last dinner she had with them.
- The Abdallah family returned to the memorial created for the four children killed
- Their grandmother said she made a traditional Lebanese dish for them on Saturday night
- Leila Abdallah, the mother of three of the four children, said she had forgiven the man charged over the incident
Georgette Abdallah hugged her family as she spoke about the grief they had felt since her grandchildren died.
Antony, 13, and his sisters Angelina, 12 and Sienna, 9, were killed, along with their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, when a car struck them while they were walking in Oatlands on Saturday night.
The children were going to the shop to buy ice cream at the time of the crash.
“They were angels on earth,” Georgette Abdallah said, as she clutched a picture of the kids and a teddy bear at the crash site today.
“[We are] only going to see them in the photo now. We can’t hug them.”
The family, including Ms Abdallah, returned to the scene today where hundreds of bunches of flowers, balloons and candles have been left as a memorial to the children.
Ms Abdallah said her grandchildren were “beautiful”, “cheeky” and compassionate and would help their father, Daniel, with charity work.
“How are we going to survive without them?” she said.
“They were my treasure, Antony promised to look after me when I grow old.”
She said she made “cabbage leaf” — a family favourite — for the children to eat the night they died.
Rolled cabbage leaves, or meshi malfouf, is a popular dish for Lebanese families.
She thanked people for their support since Saturday’s tragedy.
Three of the children’s young relatives were injured in the crash and one, an 11-year-old boy, remains in an induced coma at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The mother of three of the children, Leila Abdallah, yesterday returned to the scene where she said she had forgiven the man accused of being drunk behind the wheel, Samuel Davidson.
“Right now, I can’t hate him and I don’t want to see him,” she said.
“I think in my heart I forgive him, but I want the court to be fair.”
NSW Police alleged Mr Davidson, 29, was drunk when he ran a red light and mounted a curb on Saturday night.
His case has been adjourned until April.