Mother, 52, fronts court over fatal schoolyard crash in which two children were killed when a car smashed into their classroom
- Woman faces court for first time after school crash which killed two children
- Maha Al-Shennag will appear at Bankstown Court on dangerous driving charges?
- Two school children, 8 and 9, were killed when an SUV smashed into classroom
- The mother is charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death
A woman is expected to face court for the first time on dangerous driving charges relating to a Sydney school crash which killed two children.?
Maha Al-Shennag has a mention at Bankstown Local Court scheduled for Wednesday over the crash at Banksia Road Primary School in Greenacre on November 7.
Jihad Darwiche, eight, and his nine-year-old best friend were killed after an SUV allegedly driven by Al-Shennag smashed into their classroom.?
One of the boys was knocked unconscious and trapped underneath the car, while the other suffered a large gash wound to his head and was flattened to the ground.?
The pair were rushed to Westmead Children's Hospital but both tragically died due to cardiac arrest. ?
Maha Al-Shennag (left), the woman who allegedly drove into Banskia Road Public School killing two students arrives at Bankstown Local Court in Sydney
The 52-year-old mother Maha Al-Shennag (left) is charged with a string of offences stemming from the incident including two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death
The 52-year-old mother is charged with a string of offences stemming from the incident including two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.
She is also charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and causing actual bodily harm by misconduct.?
While two boys were tragically killed in the incident, three girls were also hospitalised for their injuries. ?
Investigators believe the 52-year-old widow was leaning over to pick up a water bottle after dropping her nine-year-old child at the school, when she accidentally pressed on the car's accelerator.?
The car reportedly launched off an object and flew into the demountable building. ?
Ms Al-Shennag was inside the school gates when it happened.
A sign at the entrance of the driveway where Al-Shennag is alleged to have driven in says: 'STOP. No vehicle access. Caution Children. Staff and authorised vehicles only.'?
According to investigators, Al-Shennag accidentally pressed down on the accelerator when reaching for a water bottle, sending the car flying into the classroom in front (officers investigate the crash scene)?
Jihad Darwiche, eight, and a nine-year-old classmate were killed after an SUV allegedly driven by Al-Shennag (left) smashed into their classroom
The 52-year-old mother, Maha Al-Shennag (left) is charged with a string of offences stemming from the incident
Maha Al-Shennag (second from right) is also charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and causing actual bodily harm by misconduct
In the days after the crash, neighbours told Daily Mail Australia Ms Al-Shennag was a widow and sole carer of her four children aged 15, 12 and twins aged 11.?
A family member said Ms Al-Shennag was unable to speak to media but was extremely sorry following the incident.
'No comment thanks... she's deeply sorry, but doesn't want to talk about it,' a relative said.??
A family member said Ms Al-Shennag (pictured) was unable to speak to media but was extremely sorry following the incident
Grieving family members have paid tribute to the two boys killed on November 7.?
'My grandson is a 6 generation at this school, all prefects, captains and community leaders,' a relative of one boy wrote.
'He loved everyone and died with his best friend.'?
The boys' classmates returned to Banksia Road Public School the day after the crash, many laying flowers at the school gates in tribute.??
Councillors were sent to the school to help children deal with the trauma, many who watched on helplessly as their two classmates lay trapped beneath the 4WD.??
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