A mother of four has been charged after her car smashed into a primary school classroom in Sydney’s southwest killing two young boys.
Original story 7 November: The female driver hit the demountable near Boronia Road in Greenacre around 9.45am on Tuesday, police say.
It’s believed the car was within the school grounds when the incident happened, Nine Network reported.
There were chaotic scenes at the school as frantic parents raced to check on the welfare of their children.
Multiple paramedic crews attended and police established a crime scene.
The female driver of the car was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
Two boys, aged eight, have sadly died. There were 24 children in the classroom when the crash happened. Seventeen children and a female teacher were assessed on the grounds by paramedics.
Update 8 November
A mother-of-four, Maha Al-Shennag, 52, is reportedly desperately sorry following the accident in which her vehicle crashed into a Sydney classroom, killing two young boys, yesterday.
Five children were taken to hospital, where two eight-year-old boys were pronounced dead.
Ms Al-Shennag has been charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).
Her licence has been suspended.
Police will allege she was distracted by something in her car, which then caused the crash.
Ms Al-Shennag, who was not injured in the crash, is now reportedly begging the parents of the children killed and injured in the crash for forgiveness.
Her lawyer, Nick Hanna, told The Daily Telegraph she is “deeply sorry for the loss and hurt suffered by the children, the school, the families and the community”.
“Her thoughts and prayers are with all those affected,” he said.
Ms Al-Shennag was granted conditional bail ahead of an appearance at Bankstown Local Court on November 29.
Update 29 November
Mum faces court for the first time since being charged over a crash at a Sydney school which killed two young children and injured many others, reports 7 news.
Maha Al-Shennag was surrounded by a small group of supporters and shielded herself with an umbrella as she left her brief appearance at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday.
Ms Al-Shennag, who did not enter a plea on Wednesday, is charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of negligent driving occasioning death.
She is also charged with causing bodily harm by misconduct and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm in relation to two other injured people.
The single mother is on bail under several conditions including that she not drive a vehicle, that she surrender her Jordanian and Australian passports and that she report to a police station three days a week, court documents state.
She will face court again in February 2018.
The father of one of the young boys who sadly died has forgiven the woman and called for people to leave her alone.
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