You could read about a drunk driving crash in the news every day, but you don’t often read about what comes after. The family of drunk driving victims have to live with the shock and pain of losing someone to such a senseless act, but they also have to cope with the trial of whoever causes the drunk driving crash in the first place.
A lot of offenders who cause drunk driving crashes plead not guilty, and that plea means there will be a trial to determine whether or not the person who allegedly drove drunk will be penalized for the crime. Thankfully Jennifer Neville-Lake and her husband will not have to relive the horror of losing their three children and her father to an Ontario drunk driver because Marco Muzzo, the man who caused the crash, has pleaded guilty.
The crash happened on September 27th, 2015. Muzzo had flown into Toronto’s Pearson Airport and was driving his Jeep Cherokee when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Neville-Lake’s mother. Inside the vehicle were her 3 children, her father, and her grandmother, and all three of her children and her father were killed.
Muzzo hit the mini-van at 85 kilometers per hour, knocking it into a ditch. When police arrived at the scene they found him exhibiting classic signs of intoxication: he was unsteady on his feet, had glossy eyes, and emitted a strong odour of alcohol.
He pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death for Gary Neville and the three children, and he also pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily hard for both Neriza Neville and Josephine Frias. He’ll be sentenced on February 23rd and is currently out on bail.
The only consolation for Jennifer Neville-Lake is that she can now say, “A drunk driver killed my family” without worry of legal repercussions if Muzzo wasn’t found guilty at trial. When you’ve lost your children and your father to Ontario drunk driver who could have opted for a cab or found a sober driver, that is a very small consolation.