'I will miss being a dad': Victim impact statements at Muzzo sentencing

In an emotional account of the impact of losing three children, Edward Lake told a Newmarket, Ont. court that he misses their hugs, and taking them to the toy store and receiving special surprises on Father's Day.

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"Most importantly, I will miss being a dad," Lake said in his victim impact statement on Tuesday, the first day of the sentencing hearing for Marco Muzzo.

Muzzo pleaded guilty earlier this month to six charges in a horrific car 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. They died after the van they were in was T-boned by an SUV in Vaughan, Ont. on Sept. 27.

The children's grandmother, Neriza Neville, and great-grandmother were also seriously injured in the crash.

Lake said, since the death of his three children and his father-in-law, he's had suicidal thoughts and he has been unable to return to work.

"I was looking forward to raising our children and watching them grow up, but now that will never be," Lake said.

He was one of several family and community members who made statements during Muzzo's sentencing hearing.

Neriza Neville told the court that she vividly remembers the screeching sound as their van was hit by Muzzo's SUV, and a "suffocating feeling."

"I called out their names, but no one answered," she recalled.

Neriza Neville told the court how she'll never get to see her grandson Daniel dance again, or receive kisses from her grandson Harry.

"I won't get to attend their weddings."

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 from Muzzo during the hearing.

A number of family members who addressed the court on Tuesday spoke to Muzzo directly.

While reading her statement to the court, the Neville-Lake children's great-aunt raised her voice at one point, saying to Muzzo, "You shattered the precious life of Ed and Jennifer.

"Our family are victims of your egotistical decision," before adding, "shame on you!"

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.



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