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Accused drunk driver in crash that killed four to be tried by judge only

(Courtesy: Court Files)

NEWMARKET, Ont. (NEWS 1130) – An accused drunk driver involved in a horrific crash that killed three young children and their grandfather north of Toronto is set to appear before a Superior Court justice this afternoon.

Marco Muzzo’s lawyer waived the man’s right to a preliminary hearing earlier Wednesday, saying there was sufficient evidence in the case to go directly to trial by judge only.

Crown attorney Paul Tait says that developments in the case are progressing “fairly quickly” and he expects Muzzo’s lawyer to let his intentions be known at the afternoon court appearance.

The 29-year-old Muzzo was charged with a dozen counts of impaired driving and six more charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle related to a Sept. 27 crash which drew public outrage.

Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly, and their 65-year-old grandfather Gary Neville died in the collision in Vaughan, Ont.

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