Drunk driver slams into group of children, kills 4 in Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) - A drunk driver slammed his pickup into a group of children in Sydney, killing two sisters, their brother and a cousin and seriously injuring three others, police alleged on Sunday (Feb 2).

The 29-year-old driver was charged with manslaughter and high-range drink driving following the incident late on 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 eight 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 on 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," Mr Daniel Abdallah told reporters on 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."

Australian Broadcast Corp online said the 4WD was allegedly driven by Samuel Davidson.

Davidson and a 24-year-old male passenger were both uninjured in the crash.

ABC said Davidson faces 20 charges and his case was heard at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday. Davidson did not appear and there was no application for bail.

The case has been adjourned until April 2 at Parramatta Local Court.

ABC said Davidson's blood alcohol reading was allegedly 0.150, three times the legal limit.