Edward Lake, the father of the three children killed by a drunk driver in 2015, was taunted and arrested by Peel police before his death.
Peel Regional Policy Art. Heather Cannon confirmed to CP24 Wednesday night that officers interacted with Lake at his home Sunday. In an email statement, Cannon said police were called to Lake Lakes’ residence “to investigate an altercation.”
Police arrived and became involved in a separate “switch” with Lake, which resulted in a Taser being deployed, Cannon said.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with a single case of violence at the scene. Cannon said Lake was later taken to the hospital, where he was assessed and released.
“Officers notified Victim Services of the incident, and Mr. Lake also received the contact information,” Cannon added.
“Peel Regional Police had no further interaction with Mr. Lake when he was transported to the hospital.”
One day after the incident, Lake was reported dead. Several media reports said he died of suicide, but CP24 has not independently confirmed them.
Lake’s children – Daniel, Harrison and Milagros Neville-Lake – were killed when drunk driver Marco Muzzo drove through a stop sign and collided with their vehicle in Vaughan. The children’s grandfather Gary Neville also died in the crash.
Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016. He received full probation in February 2021.
“I’m angry my kids never got the chance to grow up,” Lake said at Muzzo’s probation. “I wake up every day and cry. It’s scary when you want a hug from your kids and they are not there.”
The children’s mother tweeted about Lake Lakes’ death Monday night, saying, “My children’s father, Edward Lake, has joined our children so they can play together forever.”
Peel police said they had previously visited the Lakes home but that they could not share the details due to privacy.
“We are aware of and saddened by the tragic death of Mr. Lake, as well as the tragic circumstances this family has faced,” Cannon said.
“Although there was no indication that the call was directly related to mental health, the officers who attended were appropriately made aware of Mr. Lake’s history and past interactions,” she added, noting that due to the nature of the call, was Crisis Outreach and Support Team or Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team did not respond to it.
Meanwhile, after Lake’s death, there were renewed calls for organizations that have received donations from Muzzo’s family to remove the name from their facilities.
Tuesday two hospitals refused to remove the Muzzo namewhere one quoting the sign “recognizes the family’s long history of philanthropy, including many generous donations.”