The Muzzo family has been splashed across the news lately, but it’s not because they own a billion dollar company or for the ingenuity of the late Marco Muzzo Sr who founded it. This publicity comes because of Marco Muzzo Jr., a 29 year old man, who made the decision to drink and drive and killed four people in the blink of an eye.
Killed in the crash were three children under the age of 10 years old; Daniel, Milly, and Harrison Neville-Lake of Vaughn, Ontario. Also killed was there grandfather Gary Neville, and their grandmother and great grandmother suffered serious injuries.
Muzzo decided to plead guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing injury. While doing so allowed the family to avoid the pain of a long trail, they did attend his hearings and the eventual sentencing where he received 10 years for his crime of impaired driving.
Because he was given eight months credit for time already served, Muzzo will actually only serve nine years and four months in prison. That amount of time will be further knocked down by day probation and possible full parole after three years. For many people, the sentence hardly seems long enough because someone made the decision to drink and drive and caused the death of four people. three children lost their future, and as their mother Jennifer Neville-Lake has stated, never even lived to see 10 years.
The sentence can’t be changed, but Neville-Lake wanted to use Muzzo’s sentencing hearing to take a stand against drunk drivers everywhere. She did so by releasing an image from her children’s last moments, right before she shut off the life support machines.
It’s a powerful image, one that you look at once and remember forever. Anyone who has driven drunk or considers driving drunk to be ‘OK’ should look at the image and realize what impaired driving has done to the Neveille-Lake family and how it has the power to destroy lives in the blink of an eye.