Driver accused in Ont. crash that killed 4 pleads to appear in Superior Court

The man accused of impaired driving in a crash north of Toronto that claimed the lives of three children and their grandfather will appear before a Superior Court justice this afternoon.

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Marco Muzzo, 29, is facing several charges in connection with a crash in Vaughan, Ont., including impaired driving causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

The Sept. 27 crash fatally wounded 9-year-old Daniel, 5-year-old Harrison (Harry) and 2-year-old Milagros (Milly) Neville-Lake. The children's 65-year-old grandfather Gary Neville also died as a result of the collision, and their grandmother and great-grandmother were injured.

Muzzo appeared at a courthouse in Newmarket, Ont. shortly before 10 a.m. A short time later, CTV Toronto's Tamara Cherry reported that the courtroom was so packed that nearly two dozen people had to stand.

Some people, including members of the media, were asked to give up their seats for the family of the children who died in the crash.

Before the hearing began, the Muzzo case was moved to a larger courtroom, Cherry reported. Along with the move, the accused is now sitting before a federal judge, rather than a provincial justice of the peace. No explanation has been given for the change so far.

Almost all cases in Canada start in provincial courts then may be appealed to the federal level.

Muzzo last appeared in court on Dec. 10 via video link, where he was told the hearing was put over until Jan. 6. He was told he would be required to attend Wednesday's hearing in person.

With files from CTV Toronto's Tamara Cherry

Marco Muzzo now in courtroom. It's an absolute circus here. Never seen this many people trying to cram into this many seats.

— Tamara Cherry (@tamaracherry) January 6, 2016


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