Father of boy killed in Sydney school crash says he forgives driver

Heartbreaking development following fatal school car crash

Speaking via translator Ahmad Hraichie while driving the hearse carrying his son's coffin, the father of eight-year-old Jihad Darwiche said he held no hostility to the 54-year-old woman arrested over the crash.

THE alleged driver of a auto that crashed through a classroom wall, killing two young boys, has been slapped with further charges over the other children injured in the incident.

The message, spoken in Arabic as the hearse travelled to the burial site, was interpreted by a family friend.

"If anything, they want to sit with this lady and talk with her and tell her "we forgive you" ... once it is over she is welcome to come and sit with the family and have a meal and talk about how they can move forward with this problem".

"Ms Al-Shennag has told me that she is very grateful for [the father's] message of forgiveness and compassion", Nicholas Hanna said.

Newspapers who reported on the video said that the family had given permission for their son to be identified.

He also sent his condolences to the other boy who died.

It's believed the mother-of-four may have dropped the water bottle and accidentally put her foot on to the accelerator, sending the SUV hurtling into the demountable building where children were learning.

"Her thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragedy".

It is understood the mother-of-four's husband died earlier this year. Forget her. It was an honest mistake.

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She was charged with two counts of unsafe driving occasioning death, driving in a risky manner and negligent driving occasioning death on Tuesday.

There were 24 children in the class room at the time with 17 children and one female teacher treated at the scene by paramedics.

Two boy, both aged eight, were critically injured in the horror crash and were taken to The Children's Hospital at Westmead where they were pronounced dead.

"God is with you fly high into heaven", one card said that was surrounded by flowers and soft toys.

"She still doesn't know her classmates passed away".

The family is delaying telling her the tragic news until she is stronger.

The boy's casket was carried by a dozen pallbearers down the steps of the Lakemba Mosque as about 300 mourners spilled onto the street.

The school reopened with specialist counsellors and additional teaching staff from nearby schools. A makeshift memorial has been growing outside the school gates.

She has been bailed to appear in Bankstown court on November 29.

Just before 9.45am on Tuesday, emergency services were called to the school on Boronia Road at Greenacre, after a Toyota Kluger crashed into a classroom where children were being taught.


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