January 24, 2017

Billionaire Muzzo family fights $25M settlement after drunk driving son's deadly crash

David MenziesMission Specialist

In September 2015, Marco Muzzo had at least two times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he blew past a stop sign at 85 kilometres an hour and slammed into a minivan carrying members of the Neville-Lake family. 

Nine-year-old Daniel, 5-year-old Harry and 2-year-old Milly were all killed, along with their 65-year-old grandfather. 

Muzzo, 29, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

That works out to just two years and six months for each life he took.

But almost a year after sentencing, we’re learning the details of the Neville-Lake family’s $25 million civil suit.

You’d think that given the grotesque nature of this heinous crime, the Muzzo family would quickly and quietly settle, especially considering that the Muzzo family business is worth $1.8 billion, according to Canadian Business magazine.

But the Muzzo family lawyers are on the offensive, calling the $25 million amount excessive.

Does any reasonable person think $25 million in compensation to a family that lost four loved ones is “excessive” given the Muzzos’ financial wherewithal?

What is the value of a child’s life, or for that matter, the value of the lives of three children and their loving grandfather?

I don’t know. But I do know that the billionaire Muzzos believe $25 million is excessive.

Brings to mind another Yiddish word I know – dreck. It means trash.

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commented 2017-01-28 10:00:13 -0500
All we know is that Marco Muzzo must pay and it must hurt. We all know that $25 million is way too much. But if it’s the amount that will hurt, it has to be the $25 million. Otherwise he will never learn and the likes of him will never learn either.
commented 2017-01-26 03:26:14 -0500
Ah yes.. the lawyers… Which once again brings to mind the old joke about the definition of “Utter Waste”… To wit:- ‘A bus full of lawyers plunging into the Fraser Canyon with three seats still empty’…
commented 2017-01-25 01:52:02 -0500
Hope Karma has something special brewing for this turd.
commented 2017-01-25 01:51:28 -0500
Bill Elder i remember that, even McLean and McLean joked about that on one of their albums. That was a disgusting travesty.
commented 2017-01-24 21:30:43 -0500
Ten years for this wealthy brat who had no regard for human life is a slap in the face. Losing all your children in an instant because this guy thought he was Superman is abominable. The parents & family of the grandfather deserve better than this. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit that the judge in this case is a liberal. He will never do the 10 years either because they will deduct time served & prabably release him before the end date. That’s our justice system in Canada, it stinks, the perpetrator always seems to receive more justice than the victim, in this case, victims X 4.
commented 2017-01-24 18:43:08 -0500
Geez Crusader Girl! You hint at a Go Fund Me Page for the family as being a little dirty. Do you have any idea what the cost of burying four family members as well as not being able to work for God knows how long would cost? I’m supposing you are young and do not know these things as of yet. Perhaps you should look into it, as these tragedies can happen to any of us with pricks like the Muzzo family driving around.
commented 2017-01-24 18:35:56 -0500
A family obviously composed of psychopaths. I don’t know how they made their money, but I bet a lot of people got hurt with no shits given. And no, this is not a general statement about the rich. Many rich people are good people. I mean just look at Trump and his family!
commented 2017-01-24 18:26:19 -0500
A wonderful display of how you get the justice you can buy.

It recalls the time Rene Levesque got all likkered up at some Franco-commie party , jumped in his Citroen three sheets to the wind at 3:45 AM and ran over a homeless war vet and dragged him a few hundred yards under the car. The cops gave the dead homeless guy a breathalizer test but not Rene. I don’t think he even missed a day of work over that vehicular homicide, but hey, that was the home of Napoleonic code law, Keee-Beck
commented 2017-01-24 14:54:33 -0500
Muzzo dose not care about these tragic deaths, caused by his drinking.

Why should he, they were just ordinary commoners.

Is the name Muzzo, Islamic by any chance?
commented 2017-01-24 14:17:18 -0500
David,the word “dreck” actually means fecal matter, dung. solid human waste, crap, dodo, number two, poop that you scoop… you get my drift. It can also be used to describe someone, such as “Marco Muzzo and his family are drecks”, “Marco, with his previous history of driving mishaps, is a real self-loving dreck”.

Trash; maybe to some, but more “human waste” to most.

Ten years? He will be out and driving like an idiot in four.

PS: Crusader Girl: if you are worth $1.8 billion, you do have access to $25 million. Sell off some stocks, sell a mansion, go into your personal funds, sell off a business; I’m sure they could scrape by. Then again, they do have insurance.
commented 2017-01-24 14:09:15 -0500
I would hope that mothers against drunk driving is exercising their due diligence and helping this family out.

I could fill pages on how hard it is to lose a child, and the effect it has on your “new way of life”. For these young parents to reassemble their lives after such a senseless tragedy, no amount of money will heal them. Try to imagine how hard it is to go back to you job and be a productive employee. It’s hard.
commented 2017-01-24 13:43:14 -0500
The Muzzo family have already won, because the Neville-Lake family probably do not have the financial resources for a protracted civil court case while the Muzzos do.

Successful Litigation goes to the deepest pockets, such is justice in civil law. Hence why law fare gets practiced.
commented 2017-01-24 13:16:44 -0500
In the same breath, I do believe that the Muzzo family should offer them some compensation.
commented 2017-01-24 13:14:37 -0500
Just because a business is worth $1.8 billion dollars, does not mean they have that in cash. If it was a poor man who did this, would they try to sue him? I don’t know what I would do in their situation but I just remember how they put up a Go Fund Me page as soon as those kids were killed.
commented 2017-01-24 12:47:30 -0500
“Does any reasonable person think $25 million in compensation to a family that lost four loved ones is “excessive” given the Muzzos’ financial wherewithal?”

Excessive? Probably not … especially after the lawyers get their chunk.