Edward Lake, the father of three kids who died in a drunk driving crash in York Region, dies

Marco Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 for the deadly crash and released on full parole in February 2021

Another gut-wrenching tragedy for the Neville-Lake family.

Edward Lake, the father of three children killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo in Vaughan in September 2015, has died by suicide.

The crash took the lives of 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.

Muzzo pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016.

At the sentencing hearing for Muzzo, Edward said in a statement that he had suffered from suicidal thoughts and intense anxiety since the crash, and the loss has affected his marriage.

Muzzo was granted full parole in February 2021, despite pleas from Edward and the children’s mother Jennifer Neville-Lake not to grant Muzzo parole, saying he had not taken responsibility for his actions or shown remorse. They asked the parole board that he be required to live in another province.

As part of his parole conditions, Muzzo was ordered not to live in York Region where the crash happened, or Brampton where the Lakes live, and to avoid the victim’s families.

On Monday night, a photo of the family was tweeted by Jennifer with a caption, “The eyes he shared with Harry are closed forever. Daniel’s curls will never shine in the sunlight again. I will never see Milly’s shy smile creep across his lips anymore. My children’s father, Edward Lake, has joined our kids so they can play together, forever,” adding “Mahal kita, Edward.”

On Father’s Day, Jennifer shared a post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with a photo of their children’s grave and the message: “Father’s Day 2022. This shouldn’t be real. It can’t be.”

Banner image: Jennifer Neville-Lake stands with her husband Edward as they talk to the media outside at the courthouse in Newmarket, Ont., on Wednesday , February 24, 2016 following the sentencing hearing of Marco Muzzo. The couple lost their three children and Mrs. Neville-Lake’s father in a drunk driving crash involving Muzzo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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