Marco Muzzo, the drunk driver who killed three Ontario children and their grandfather last September, is being sued for $22.5 million.
According to a report in the Toronto Star, the Neville-Lake family filed a lawsuit against Marco Muzzo and his family’s drywall business in April. The 29-year-old drove his speeding SUV through a stop sign and into the family’s van in Vaughan, Ont. in 2015.
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, died in the crash.
The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were also in the minivan and survived the crash, but suffered serious injuries.
Muzzo was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.
The newspaper says the lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in April, is being brought by Neriza Neville, as well as the children’s parents, Edward Lake and Jennifer Neville-Lake, their uncle Jonathan Neville and aunt Josephine Neville.
According to Canadian Business magazine, the Muzzo family’s wealth is estimated to be $1.8 billion.
In the statement of claim, the family alleges Muzzo “behaved with high-handedness and with disdain for the rights of the plaintiffs.”
It further states the defendant “was conscious of the probable consequences of his carelessness and was indifferent or worse, to the danger of injury or death to the occupants of the Neville-Lake vehicle.”
The Muzzo family’s lawyer told The Star a statement of defence will be filed soon and that they hope to resolve the matter in the near future.
In a packed courtroom in February, Muzzo apologized for his actions and called it “inexcusable.” He also said he is “tortured by the grief and pain” he had caused for the Neville-Lake family.
The children’s mother left the room as Muzzo took the stand and later told reporters his apology was rejected by her family.