Driver thanks family for forgiveness after boy's death in Sydney school crash

Police are reportedly investigating whether Maha Al Shennag was distracted after dropping a water bottle. Source Supplied

Police are reportedly investigating whether Maha Al Shennag was distracted after dropping a water bottle. Source Supplied

"No retaliation is coming from the family of the boy, they have forgiven", said Raed Darwiche, via the interpreter. "[The family] want to sit with this lady and talk with her and tell her "we forgive you". But once it's all over, they want to welcome Al-Shennag to a meal so they can talk how they can all move forward from the unfortunate event.

The moving message of forgiveness was described by Hraiche as "the way a proper Muslim acts in a time of calamity and tribulation".

The driver has been charged with several unsafe driving charges following the crash at Banksia Road Public School, which critically injured Jihad and his eight-year-old friend, who later died in hospital.

Two eight-year-old girls were taken to the same hospital in a stable condition, and another girl, aged nine, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Speaking via translator Ahmad Hraichie while driving the hearse carrying his son's coffin, the father of eight-year-old Jihad Darwiche said he held no hostility to the 54-year-old woman arrested over the crash.

It comes as NSW Police today revealed further charges of "dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm" and "cause actual bodily harm by misconduct" were laid against the alleged female driver.

A 52-year-old woman, Maha Al-Shennag, has been charged over the crash, which police believe was not intentional.

She is scheduled to appear at Bankstown Local Court on November 29.

"She still doesn't know her classmates passed away".

It's believed the mother-of-four may have dropped the water bottle and accidentally put her foot on to the accelerator, sending the SUV hurtling into the demountable building where children were learning.

The lady has four children of her own at school.

"Her thoughts and prayers are with all those affected", the lawyer said.

The school gates have become a makeshift memorial for the boys killed in the crash, with children leaving flowers and cards in tribute for their lost schoolmates.

"God has given him the will power to be strong", wrote one commenter.

"She just had stomach and chest pain all night and didn't sleep well due to what happened - she's very frightened".

In an fantastic gesture on the day of the boy's funeral, the father and a relative live-streamed a video on Facebook from the funeral vehicle, with Jihad's coffin clearly visible in the rear, on the way to the service at a Lakemba mosque.

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