Heartache of widowed mum charged over school carnage
A WIDOWED mother-of four accused of killing two students when her Toyota Kluger crashed into a western Sydney classroom on Tuesday is traumatised and says she is "deeply sorry".
Lawyer Nick Hanna spoke to Maha Al-Shennag briefly on Tuesday afternoon after she was charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death after two eight-year-olds were hit and killed inside their Banksia Road Public classroom just before 9.45am.
He said his client was was in deep shock and traumatised.
"The events ..... are truly tragic," Mr Hanna, of Hanna Legal said.
"Ms Al-Shennag 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."
The Daily Telegraph understands police will allege the fatal crash was a tragic accident and it is not believed Ms Al-Shennag was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
It is understood some of Ms Al-Shennag's children attended the Greenacre school.
Ms Al-Shennag's husband sadly passed away just last year.
Staff and children returned to the school this morning, while members of the Greenacre community pay their respects to the victims of yesterday's tragic accident.
Year five student Eman Saeed returned to school today, which her mother Beenish Saeed said was her choice.
"She wanted to come back today, but she's very sad," said Beenish.
"I heard the bang and I thought it was because there's construction next door, but I saw some of the teachers running around and realised it was something bad," said Eman, a year five student at the school.
"Yesterday was very sad."
Shadow minister for education Jihad Dib spoke this morning of the deep impact of the crash on the community.
"We need to stand together and support. It's not something that just cuts the local community, but anyone that's a parent or anyone that's known a child
It's completely unimaginable and
absolutely devastating," he said outside the school this morning.
Greenacre Local Tofic Saad bought a peace lily to the school to be planted within the grounds.
"I don't know why it happened. I wanted to pay my respects, I feel so badly sorry for the families and the little boys," he said.
"It's truly important that it never happens again."