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.