Fewer charges for driver who killed 4 kids

Some charges have been dropped against the driver whose ute mounted a footpath and killed four kids.
Some charges have been dropped against the driver whose ute mounted a footpath and killed four kids.

A Sydney driver who pleaded guilty to killing four children and injuring three others after ploughing through a group of pedestrians has had some charges withdrawn in court.

Eight-year-old Sienna Abdallah was killed alongside siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 13, when Samuel William Davidson's ute mounted the kerb in Oatlands on February 1.

A fifth child, 11, was taken to hospital in a critical condition while two girls, aged 10 and 13, suffered minor injuries.

Davidson faces nine charges including four counts of manslaughter and for driving through a red traffic light and not giving his name or address to police.

On Thursday in the Parramatta Local Court he had 24 charges withdrawn including four for dangerous driving occasioning death while under the influence of drugs.

One charge for dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm under the influence of drugs still remains.

"These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each other's company ... and this morning I woke up and I have lost three kids," father Danny Abdallah said the day after the crash.

The children were believed to be on their way to get ice cream when the horrific tragedy occurred.

Davidson has been remanded in custody since the day of the crash and is next due to appear before the District Court on November 20.

Australian Associated Press