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Oatlands driver Samuel Davidson was high on drugs at time of crash, police allege

A truck driver charged with killing four children in a horror car crash had allegedly spent the day getting high on a cocktail of MDMA, cocaine and alcohol, it can be revealed.

Samuel William Davidson, 29, will today be charged with 14 new offences over the horror car crash that killed Antony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah, and Veronique Sakr, at Oatlands in Sydney on February 1.

Daily Mail Australia can reveal the extra charges will be laid against Davidson when his case is mentioned at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday. The new charges are in addition to 20 offences he is already facing over the crash – including four counts of manslaughter and drink driving. 

The new charges Davidson is facing include four counts of aggravated dangerous driving under the influence of MDMA, four counts of aggravated dangerous driving at 45km/h over the speed limit and six other charges – including refusing to give his details to police at the scene. 

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Samuel William Davidson (pictured), 29, was allegedly high on a cocktail of MDMA, cocaine and alcohol when he hit and killed four kids at Oatlands, in Sydney's north, on February 1

Samuel William Davidson (pictured), 29, was allegedly high on a cocktail of MDMA, cocaine and alcohol when he hit and killed four kids at Oatlands, in Sydney’s north, on February 1

Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, (all pictured) would be killed moments later

Their cousin Veronique Sakr, 10, (pictured) also died in the tragedy

Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, (all left) and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 10, (right) were allegedly mowed down by a drunk Davidson as they walked to get ice cream on a 40C day

Despite the new charges Davidson, Danny and Leila Abdallah say they stand by their decision to forgive the man charged with killing their three kids.

In a statement issued on behalf of his wife and the Sakr family, Mr Abdallah said they had full faith that justice would be carried out by the courts – and instead of being in court for the hearing, would be spending time with their surviving children. 

‘Despite COVID-19 restrictions, we have made a conscious decision not to attend the hearing,’ he said.

‘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.

‘Our trust is in our Australian judicial system, and expect the outcome will be in accordance with true justice by the governing laws of this nation which we love.

‘We also have fervent faith in our Heavenly Father, with the knowledge that our children are in his loving arms. We will be reunited with our children one day soon and we encourage all those who are supporting us to keep this truth in mind.

‘Furthermore we have not changed our position of total forgiveness to the driver of the incident.’ 

Davidson – a truck driver – had allegedly spent the 40C day drinking at his home in Oatlands, before driving to a service station with a friend to get cash from an ATM.

By the time he got behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi ute he allegedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.150 – three times the legal limit. 

Police allege that as he drove along Bettington Road – a 60km/h zone – on his return from the petrol station he reached speeds of between 100km/h and 130km/h.

Just before 8pm he lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road, slamming into the group of children.

Four were killed instantly while two months on their cousin Charbel Kassas remains in hospital with serious injuries.  

Danny and Leila Abdallah lost three of their children in the tragedy, but vowed to forgive the man charged with killing their kids

In the days and weeks that followed the accident, thousands of floral tributes were left at the scene on Bettington Road

In the days and weeks that followed the accident, thousands of floral tributes were left at the scene on Bettington Road

Police allege Davidson had spent the day drinking at his rental apartment, opening his first drink at 7am

He and a friend drove to a Caltex petrol station later tthat evening to get cash out

Police allege Davidson had spent the day drinking at his rental apartment (left) near the crash scene before driving to a nearby Caltex petrol (right) station that evening 

When police arrived at the scene they found both Davidson (pictured) and his passenger both shirtless, just wearing shorts

When police arrived at the scene they found both Davidson (pictured) and his passenger both shirtless, just wearing shorts

Locals in the area told how after hearing the desperate screams of the surviving kids they ran to the scene, only to be confronted by devastation.  

In the days and weeks that followed the tragedy there was an outpouring of grief as the scene of the crash was turned into a makeshift shrine. 

Thousands of well-wishers flocked to the scene to join Danny and Leila Abdallah, and Bridget and Bob Sakr in mourning the loss of their four children.

Mr Abdallah told Daily Mail Australia that despite being a drinker himself, he believed it was time to reduce the blood alcohol limit for drivers to zero.

‘I’m a drinker, but I think the alcohol limit should be zero,’ Mr Abdallah said.

‘I think you should just know that you can’t have any, that you can only have water, so the temptation isn’t there.

‘People think ‘I’ll just have one more, I’ll be all right’ because they don’t want to get a taxi or an Uber, or they’ve spent all their money on the night out.

‘We have to do something.’

The morning after the crash Mr Abdallah bravely fronted the media and spoke of his love for his three children

The morning after the crash Mr Abdallah bravely fronted the media and spoke of his love for his three children








Bridget Sakr (in blue dress) is supported by her partner Craig MacKenzie, and Danny and Leila Abdallah (end left and right) whose children were killed in the same accident at Oatlands

Bridget Sakr (in blue dress) is supported by her partner Craig MacKenzie, and Danny and Leila Abdallah (end left and right) whose children were killed in the same accident at Oatlands

Despite losing three children in seemingly avoidable circumstances, Mrs Abdallah vowed in the days after the crash to forgive Davidson. 

The deeply religious family said while they could not bare to confront the man, they would 

‘The guy, 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,

‘I think in my heart, I forgive him, but I want the court to be fair. It’s all about fairness. I’m not going to hate him, because that’s not who we are.’

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