Relatives of Saskatoon family killed in crash speak outside court
Relatives of a Saskatoon family killed in a tragic two-vehicle crash huddled together outside provincial court Thursday as they spoke with media for the first time since the fatal collision.
“We have lost a large piece of our family — four people who were loved immensely and who love us equally. We miss them terribly and we will not be able to replace them,” Lou Van De Vorst said.
His son, Jordan Van De Vorst, and daughter-in-law, Chanda, were pronounced dead at the scene of the Highway 11 crash. His two-year-old grandson, Miguire, and five-year-old granddaughter, Kamryn, died later in hospital.
According to RCMP, the family of four was in a car that was struck by an SUV crossing the highway at Wanuskewin Road early Sunday.
“We have to live with a large hole in our hearts,” Lou said. “No one will know what those two littles ones would’ve accomplished as they grew up or what Jordan and Chanda would’ve done if they had lived a full life.”
The father and grandfather was in court alongside several other relatives for the brief appearance of 49-year-old accused, Catherine Loye McKay.
McKay is facing 12 charges, including impaired driving causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and impaired operation over 0.08 causing death.
She will remain in custody until a Jan. 20 court appearance.
“The accident was an incredibly tragic event,” Lou said. “We believe the RCMP has done their very best in their investigation and pray that justice will be served.”
He thanked police, first responders and medical staff for their efforts, and said the family appreciates the support from friends and strangers across the country.
A funeral for Jordan, Chanda, Kamryn and Miguire Van De Vorst is set for Saturday. Lou requested media not attend the event and asked for privacy as family members grieve.