A rugby league star was left devastated after three of his cousin's children were killed by an alleged drink-driver as they went to buy ice cream in Sydney.

Tim Mannah, who played for Australia's Parramatta Eels, said the deaths of his cousin Danny Abdallah's three children had left him heartbroken.

Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, died at the scene in the Oatlands suburb on Saturday night alongside their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr as they rode their bikes.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter and drink-driving.

He was allegedly at three times the legal blood alcohol limit when he struck the children.

Antony (far left) and Angelina (far right) were two of three children killed in the car crash

Mannah paid an emotional tribute on Instagram and said he had always admired his cousin Danny.

"I have looked up to my cousin Danny since I was a kid," he wrote on Instagram.

"His wife, Leila, is an actual hero. She raises six kids with ease and grace. Her life revolves around them. And just like that, they've lost three children."

Mother Leila Geagea visited the scene on Monday, and incredibly told reporters that she could forgive the driver.

"I think in my heart I forgive him. But I want the court to be fair. I'm not going to hate him because that's not who we are," she told reporters.

Mum Leila Geagea at the scene of the crash

"It feels very unreal. I feel like I'm still waiting for them to come home."

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday morning said the tragedy was unthinkable.

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"I just pray for their strength as a family. They will be grieving beyond imagination," he said.

"The strength they've shown and clearly the faith they have is holding them together at this difficult time."