in memoriam card

Tragic loss

As a bail hearing approaches this Monday for Marco Muzzo, the man accused in the deaths of three Brampton children and their grandfather last month, plans are in the works for friends and supporters of the victims to gather at the Newmarket courthouse to coincide with his court appearance.

The children’s mother, Jennifer Neville-Lake, asked in a written post on the Internet for a grassroots movement to push for stiffer sentences for impaired driving, an idea she formulated while visiting the site of the crash in Vaughan on the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Every single politician wants to know what is on your heart and mind and this is a way to tell them,” she wrote on a gofundme campaign page that has collected $247,000 for the family so far. “Not just for my family but for everyone.”

Friends and supporters are responding to her request that everyone write and call their MPs, MPPs, and other government officials. Neville-Lake also asked that letters and emails be sent to courthouses, judges’ chambers, Crown counsels and judicial staff, anywhere trials are being held, asking for harsher sentences for drunk drivers.

A precedent-setting sentence is needed, they say, to deter motorists from drinking and then getting behind the wheel.

Muzzo has been in custody since the Sept. 27 crash, facing 18 impaired driving-related charges. A bail hearing Oct. 2 was put over to Monday. The Crown attorney in the case has indicated he will argue against granting bail.

Daniel, 9, Harry, 5, Milly, 2, and grandfather Gary Neville, 65, all died as a result of the crash.