- Category: Canada News
- Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016
- CTV News
A sentencing hearing for a drunk driver who caused a horrific crash that killed three siblings and their grandfather last fall begins Tuesday.
Marco Muzzo arrived at a Newmarket, Ont. court at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The 29-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of impaired driving causing death, and two count of impaired driving causing bodily harm. He was released on $1 million bail.
Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly, and the children's 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, died after the van they were in was T-boned by an SUV in Vaughan, Ont. on Sept. 27.
The children's grandmother and great-grandmother were also seriously injured in the crash.
On Tuesday morning, the children's mother Jennifer Neville-Lake thanked her family and friends for their "messages of love and support."
The judge is expected to hear statements from the Neville-Lake family and Muzzo over the course of the hearing.
A number of groups have also been granted permission to present community victim impact statements.
A Cub Scout leader and representatives from the Neville-Lake children's school are expected to address the court.
Muzzo's lawyer Brain Greenspan said Tuesday that he expects the sentencing hearing to run for two days.
A Newmarket, Ont. court heard that prior to the deadly crash, Muzzo had returned from a trip to Miami on a private jet.
Shortly after driving off from the airport in his SUV, Muzzo drove through a stop sign on Kipling Avenue and struck the minivan carrying the Neville-Lake family.