Jun 30, 2017 - KIDS RECALL THEIR DEAD FRIENDS IN DRUNK DRIVING CAMPAIGN

Fifth grader Carmine Lomangino remembered the last words his friend Daniel Neville-Lake said to him before the nine-year-old, his two younger siblings and their grandfather were killed by a drunk driver.

“He said, ‘See you later alligator,’ and I never ended up seeing him again,” Lomangino, 10, told reporters Friday as York Regional Police launched their summer impaired driving campaign in Richmond Hill.

“I was so angry he died. I was angry a lot and I really miss him,” he added. “And I really wish he could come to my birthday next week [on July 7], I’m turning 11.”

Marco Muzzo had a blood-alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit when he ran a stop sign and rammed into the Neville-Lake’s minivan, killing Daniel, Harrison, 5, Milagros, 2, and Gary Neville, 65 — at Kirby Rd. and Kipling Ave. in Vaughan on Sept. 27, 2015. Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison and banned for driving for 12 years.

In launching their drunk driving campaign — Not One More — York Regional Police officers brought out kids who were classmates and friends of the dead children to display drawings and talk about their feelings.

Some of those drawings are featured on cards, along with the faces of the Neville-Lake children, that will be distributed at RIDE stops.

Involving the kids was the brainchild of the dead children’s mother, Jennifer Neville-Lake, who penned a letter read out loud by Const. Andy Pattenden.

“The children who drew these photos did absolutely nothing to deserve the pain and agony they continue to experience because of what happened to my kids,” she wrote.

Pattenden said police arrested more than 700 people so far this year for impaired driving.

“If citizens aren’t getting the message from police then maybe they’ll get the message from kids,” said Pattenden. “It’s so impactful.”

Lomangino was joined by his younger brother, Vittorio, 8, and another Neville-Lake friend, 11-year-old Noah Gomes, at the press conference.

“I’ve never seen Daniel in a long time,” said Vittorio, a Grade 3 student. “It’s been very hard for me. And I hope he’s good in heaven and he’s with God and Jesus.”

Added Gomes, 11: “I just hope that everyone takes our advice and looks at the tragedy that happened. You don’t expect to lose such a close friend at such a young age.”

Source: Toronto Sun


 

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