Father of three children killed by a drunk driver in 2015 Vaughan the crash was taken and charged by police in the Peel region the day before he died of suicide.
Peel Regional Police confirmed to Global News that officers were visiting Edward Lake’s house after a call regarding an altercation.
“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,” Const. Heather Cannon, a spokeswoman for Peel Police, said.
Lake’s three children were killed by a drunk driver, Marco Muzzo, in an accident in Vaughan back in 2015.
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, were killed in the collision.
The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were badly injured.
Monday, the day after Father’s Day, Lake was found dead.
Peel police said when police arrived at Lake’s home Sunday, a “quarrel” took place between the father and police officers. As a result, a taser was used and ambulance crews were called to the scene, police said.
Lake was charged with one count of assault and released to paramedics, according to Peel police. He was taken to hospital and released.
Peel Regional Police told Global News that there was no further interaction with Lake when he was transported to the hospital.
Police said they had previously been in Lake’s residence, but due to privacy, details of previous calls were not shared.
On Sunday, the mother of three children, Jennifer Neville-Lake, posted a picture on social media showing their grave.
“Father’s Day 2022. This should not be real. It can not be, “was the tweet.
Late Monday, Neville-Lake also tweeted about her husband’s passing.
“My children’s father, Edward Lake, has joined our children so they can play together forever,” she wrote.
Lake said in a statement at Muzzo’s sentencing that he had suffered from suicidal thoughts and anxiety since the crash.
In February 2021, Muzzo received full probation.
– With files from Global News’ Ryan Rocca
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of emergency, call 911 for immediate help. For an overview of support services in your area, visit Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. Learn more about helping a person in crisis on the Government of Canada website.
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