Driver faces court after schoolboy death

A man who was charged with manslaughter after a 12-year-old boy was hit by a car and pinned to the ground at a school in Sydney's south will remain behind bars.

Rabih Abdulrahman did not apply for bail and was formally refused at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

The 36-year-old was disqualified from driving when he allegedly drove through a red light, struck and killed the student at Hurstville on Friday morning.

Abdulrahman, wearing a dark hoodie and red shirt, slouched and did not speak as he faced court via video link.

Abdulrahman has been charged with manslaughter. Picture: Rabih Shanx Abdulrahman/FacebookSource:Facebook
Abdulrahman has been charged with manslaughter. Picture: Rabih Shanx Abdulrahman/FacebookSource:Facebook

His lawyer Mohamed Said told the courtroom he would not be applying for bail. He has been charged with manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death, driving disqualified and other traffic offences following the boy's death.

Police have alleged the man, who was driving a Corolla, failed to stop and hit the boy as he was crossing the intersection of Lily Street and Forest Road.

"It's a very tragic incident," his lawyer Mr Said told media outside court. "Our thoughts go out to the family and everybody that was involved."

The lawyer said he hadn't had a chance to speak to his client and could not say whether he would apply for bail in the future.

He was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for mandatory testing. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
He was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for mandatory testing. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

"At this stage … it's really allowing the court system to take its course," he said.

The matter has been adjourned to Sutherland Local Court on November 4.

The Sydney Technical High School student Ryan Wang was walking across the road about 8.40am when he was struck by the car.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Forest Rd, Hurstville, after the car rolled onto the Year 7 boy, who became trapped beneath the vehicle.

Witnesses helped free him and began performing CPR before paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at Sydney Children's Hospital. Abdulrahman was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Police said teachers and an off-duty nurse who was in the area rushed to help. However, the child's injuries were just too grave.

Abdulrahman was arrested at the scene and was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

The man had blood tests to determine if there was any alcohol or drugs in his system. Picture: Channel 7.Source:Supplied
The man had blood tests to determine if there was any alcohol or drugs in his system. Picture: Channel 7.Source:Supplied

He was reportedly serving a suspended jail sentence for driving under the influence of drugs, according to Nine News.

NSW Police Acting Chief Inspector Craig James told 2GB that the parents of the boy are distraught following the incident.

"Understandably they are not coping that well. It is absolutely horrific what happened this morning down there at Hurstville," he said.

"They have let their son head off to school and unfortunately he hasn't come home.

"Needless to say the family are the number one priority here. As a parent I don't know how they would be feeling."

Labor member for Kogarah, Chris Minns, posted a message from the Sydney Technical High School to his Facebook page.

"Today our school suffered the tragic loss of a Year 7 student, Ryan Wang, following a motor vehicle accident on Forest Road, Hurstville," the statement read.

"The school has been in contact with Ryan's parents who have kindly given us permission to use his name in this communication.

"The school is working closely with Ryan's family. Our thoughts are with them at this very sad time."

Students and staff have been provided with counselling following the tragic events this morning.

A text sent to parents at Hurstville Public School advising them to pick their children up away from the crime scene at the front gates.Source:news.com.au
A text sent to parents at Hurstville Public School advising them to pick their children up away from the crime scene at the front gates.Source:news.com.au

 

TRAGIC TEXT

News.com.au has seen a text sent from the school to parents this afternoon.

Seemingly innocuous, it advises parents to pick up their kids from the "back and side gates".

But the understated text omits the reason the front entrance is closed - because it's the location where the tragic incident occurred.

This afternoon the car was still lying across the footpath beside the school gates, in the centre of a crime scene.

One mum, who has a child at the school and didn't want to be named, told news.com.au the boy who was killed had a younger relative at the school.

"It is all quite devastating. It is so sad to think that it could happen to anyone's child," she said.

The car thought to be involved in the incident in Hurstville where a child died this morning.
The car thought to be involved in the incident in Hurstville where a child died this morning.

 

Another mother who was picking up her child said: "It had just happened when I was dropping my child off to school. I saw all the kids being ushered out of their line-ups. I just feel so bad for the boy's mum".

A bystander who witnessed the incident said there was nothing that could have prevented the tragic death.

"I was working on the house and I heard the crash and I heard someone screaming. When I walked down I thought it was a normal car crash but when I got closer I saw the boy trapped under the car," the tradie, who didn't want to be named, told news.com.au.

"I saw blood everywhere. People were trying to help but no one could. My mate and I tried to move the car off of him but it was too heavy."

The boy, who was a former student at Hurstville Public School, was heading to Sydney Technical High School in nearby Bexley when he was hit.

 

A car is seen lodged into a fence at Hurstville Public School. Picture: AAP Image/Danny Casey.Source:AAP
A car is seen lodged into a fence at Hurstville Public School. Picture: AAP Image/Danny Casey.Source:AAP

 

A spokesman for the NSW Education Department said both schools were "deeply saddened" by his death.

"The student was a much loved member of each school community. The school community's thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with the student's family and friends at this most distressing time," the spokesman said.

"The department, Sydney Technical High School and Hurstville Public School are working closely with all their students and staff to support them at this most difficult time."

Talking to media, Assistant Superintendent Craig James said the death was "tragic". He said the student was crossing the road when he was struck.

NSW Ambulance duty operations manager David Stride said it as a "distressing scene for everybody".

The child died after being trapped under a car.
The child died after being trapped under a car.

"The first people on the scene were absolutely terrific and I understand an off-duty nurse performed CPR," he said.

"We had five ambulances respond [and there was] also a medical team, so we had a doctor on scene."

Police said the driver was arrested following the incident.

"The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old man, was arrested at the scene by officers from St George Police Area Command and taken to hospital for mandatory testing," police said.

"A crime scene has been established and will be examined by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit."

The incident occurred outside Hurstville Public School.
The incident occurred outside Hurstville Public School.

TEACHERS 'DISTRAUGHT' AFTER HORROR CRASH

Jacinta, who didn't want to provide her surname, told news.com.au she arrived minutes after the crash.

"There would have been quite a few kids around when it happened," she said. "The boy was crossing the street at the time and then he was dragged under the car.

"There were teachers there trying to keep people from coming up the street.

"One teacher was sitting next to where it happened and she looked very distraught. There was a group all of who looked very upset."

DRIVER ARRESTED

Police said the driver was arrested after the incident.

"The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old man, was arrested at the scene by officers from St George Police Area Command and taken to hospital for mandatory testing," police said.

"A crime scene has been established and will be examined by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit."

Tributes for the boy, who is yet to be named, quickly came after the tragic news.

Chris Minns, the Labor MP for Kogarah, said it was "terrible news".

Liberal NSW upper house member Scott Farlow is an alumni of Sydney Technical High School. He said he was "deeply saddened" by the death.

Anyone with information surrounding the crash or with dashcam footage is urged to contact Kogarah Police Station on 8566 7499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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