SYDNEY: People gather to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial at the site of an accident which killed four children the day before, in the Oatlands suburbs of Sydney. _ AFP

SYDNEY: 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 yesterday. The 29-year-old driver was charged with manslaughter and high-range drink driving following the incident late Saturday in the Oatlands suburb of western Sydney. 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 yesterday, 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 yesterday 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.” A makeshift memorial was later put up where the accident occurred, with people coming to place flowers, teddy bears and candles as well as pay their respects. The driver, whose name has not been released, was due in court yesterday facing 20 charges. – AFP