“I just remember walking around and seeing this idiot lose control and he just came up and I remember getting kicked,” he recalls at his home in Wellington.
“I knew from the way he grabbed my hand … Shane and Sheldon couldn’t save themselves. I remember begging them to please let me go. I didn’t want to wake up, I wanted to be with them.”
Ms. Frail has chosen to speak out about her children’s deaths in the hope that it will stop drivers from making stupid and dangerous decisions in a split second.
“Why couldn’t it be me? They were just starting out in life mate. It’s unfair, it’s just unfair because someone wants to get a great grade in front of their friends.”
25-year-old Jacob Donn remains in custody after he allegedly did several burns before crashing into Ms. Frail and her children on the sidewalk on January 5.
Frail, his ex-partner Joseph Shorey and their family in Wellington are now without their children.
Grandmother Denise Frail suffered a stroke after learning of her death.
“The boys knew how much Nan and Pop loved them,” she said, stroking her daughter’s arm.
The children had spent the past year with their father in Emerald, Queensland, but grew up in Wellington spending afternoons by the river, in the park and playing at the Nanima Village mission.
“They loved their culture: clapping hands, Koori dancing,” Ms. Frail said, recalling a video of them dancing like snakes and goannas.
He said his youngest son, Sheldon, was born to be an entertainer.
“Sheldon, he was just a little braggart, a real center of attention, he would liven up any party … a real little character.”
Shane was destined to be an NRL player.
“Shane was a quiet kid, a loving older brother and loved soccer.
“Anyone who knew my boys knew they loved soccer.”
“I imagine this was probably where it all started,” Ms. Frail said, pointing to the house they lived in and the path they used to kick down.
“They would have brought their first girlfriends here, this was their home.”
Ms. Frail and her family hope that the two children will be buried together in Wellington.
“Definitely Wellington was and still is their home, they started their little lives here.
“They need to go home, they need to be buried in the field here in Wellington, where they are loved, where their family is.”
At the time the children were killed, they were living with Mr Shorey and had come from Queensland to spend the school holidays with their mother.
There has been speculation and reports that Ms. Frail did not go to the local swimming pool but to a block of nearby units to meet the driver of the vehicle.
“I wasn’t there to meet Jacob Donn. I wasn’t there for any reason other than to take my babies to the pool … we didn’t get there,” Ms. Frail said.
She says she’s not afraid to be honest about her background.
“Just because I’ve been in jail, just because I’ve been a former user, it doesn’t take anything away from being a good mother,” she said.
“It doesn’t take away from the fact that I love my children and this is a tragedy.”
Ms. Frail has vowed to become an advocate for road safety and hopes to visit schools in the hope that young children especially learn that their actions can be deadly.
“When I woke up and found out that I had lost my children, I wanted to give up on life, but (now) I want them to be proud and if I can somehow try to save another child from something like this,” he said.
And he hopes his message to drivers can help:
“If you’re not going to hurt yourself, you’re going to hurt someone else … you just don’t know what or who is going to happen – you have to stop driving like an idiot,” he said. .
“Look at the ramifications of this. I lost my babies, Joseph and I are burying our babies. I lost my entire family, my two babies in an instant.”