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‘They’ve gone to a better place’: Dad of kids killed in crash speaks


The father of three children killed by an alleged drink-driver last night has bravely spoken of his loss.

Seven children were struck by the 4WD on Bettington Road in Oatlands, in Sydney’s north-west, just before 8pm yesterday.

The group were riding their bikes to get ice cream when they were hit.

Three of Danny Abdallah’s six children were killed: Anthony, 13; Angelina, 12; and Sienna; nine.

A fourth child, a relative, also died at the scene.

“I’m numb, all I just want to say is please, drivers, be careful,” Mr Abdallah told reporters.

“These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each others’ company and this morning I woke up, I’ve lost three kids.”

Mr Abdallah paid tribute to each of his children killed in the crash.

“Anthony’s 13. Very handsome boy,” Mr Abdallah said.

“Loved basketball. He woke up that morning and said, ‘We’re going to play this game for Kobe’.

“Angelina she was my, MLH, my little helper. Anything I needed she had my back.

“Sienna, she was my little diva, little actress.

“They have gone to a better place.”

A 10-year-old boy and two girls – aged 10 and 13 – were also struck by the car.

They remain in stable conditions in hospital.

A 29-year-old male driver, local to the area, was allegedly behind the wheel of the dual cab 4WD Mitsubishi ute with a 24-year-old passenger in the car.

The driver was given a roadside breath test and allegedly returned a positive result.

He was arrested at the scene and taken to Castle Hill Police Station for a breath analysis. Charges are expected to be laid later today.

Paramedics faced a chaotic scene at the crash site, near the Oatlands Golf Club.

“When the first crews arrived on scene, they were confronted with carnage,” NSW Ambulance’s Andrew McAlpine said.

“A very difficult scene with obviously a lot of chaos.”

Members of the public meanwhile have been visiting the scene to place flowers and rosary beads in commemoration of the victims.

Councillor for the Epping Ward of the City of Parramatta, Donna Davis, took to Facebook to express her shock at the devastating accident.

“A horrific, senseless accident in Oatlands this evening,” she wrote.

“My heart goes out to those involved, their loved ones, friends and first responders.”

A crime scene has been establish by The Hills Police Area Command, which will be examined by specialist police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.

As a result, NSW Police are urging drivers to avoid the area.

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