- Category: Canada News
- Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016
- CTV News
Friends and family spoke at a sentencing hearing about the profound impact the tragic death of three siblings and their grandfather has had on the community.
A Newmarket, Ont. court heard victim impact statements Tuesday at a sentencing hearing for Marco Muzzo, who pleaded guilty to six charges in the crash that killed 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, when 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.
Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey said in a statement read to the court that the children's deaths were a reminder that more work needs to be done to end drunk driving.
She said, following the crash, "we all hugged our children a little bit tighter."
Brampton Catholic School Board Trustee Anna da Silva said the fact that a family can be "totally decimated" because of one drunk driver is "unfathomable."
In a statement read to the court, da Silva said the community does not know how to help the family cope with their pain.
"Do we tell them stories about our own children? Wish them a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year?"
Meanwhile, a Cub Scout leader told the court that the children "Will never be forgotten but always remembered as well-loved members of our family."
Muzzo expected to address the court
Muzzo, 29, pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of impaired driving causing death, and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. He was released on $1 million bail.
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 also expected to hear statements from the Neville-Lake family and Muzzo.
Muzzo's lawyer Brian Greenspan said that he expects the sentencing hearing to continue for two days.
The 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.