Muzzo remorseful and depressed: psychiatric report

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NEWMARKET, Ont. – A psychiatric report says a drunk driver who killed three children and their grandfather is showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild depression.

Dr. Graham Glancy evaluated Marco Muzzo in a pre-sentencing report filed with the court.

He says the 29-year-old shows “considerable remorse” and appears “distressed and tearful” at times, particularly when discussing the crash.

The psychiatrist says Muzzo told him he was stunned by the breathalyzer results, which court has heard were between two and three times the legal limit.

He says Muzzo recalled having three to four drinks on a plane before taking the wheel, but did not feel drunk.

Muzzo, 29, pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

He has not spoken publicly about the Sept. 27 crash, though his family issued a statement expressing their regrets and condolences.

He is expected to address the court Wednesday as his sentencing hearing resumes.

In the report, he expressed the desire to atone for his actions and reach out to the family whose lives he irreparably changed.

“I would apologize to them, ask for forgiveness, donate my time, write a blog, educate others, devote whatever I could, and do whatever I could,” he told Dr. Glancy.

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 after the van they were in was hit by an SUV in Vaughan, Ont.

The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were also seriously injured in the crash.

Their mother, Jennifer Neville-Lake, looked directly at Muzzo on Tuesday as she said his actions have shattered her world.

“I don’t have anyone left to call me mom … You killed all my babies,” she said in a long and emotional speech before a packed courtroom. “I miss my kids, I miss my dad, I want my old life back.”

“I would not wish this horror I am living on anyone but you,” she said. “You deserve to know exactly what it feels like to have every single child you created meet someone like you.”