There are no words for the pain of losing a loved one to a drunk driving crash. Ask anyone who’s been a victim of one or known someone who’s died because of one and they’ll tell you the same thing: drunk driving crashes are preventable, sudden, and violent, so it can feel impossible to deal with and move on from. Yet people continue to make the choice and take the risk of drunk driving every single day, and sometimes the crashes they cause don’t just kill a person, they kill an entire family.
That’s what happened in Saskatoon recently when a 49-year-old woman crossed the highway and crashed into the Van de Vorst family vehicle. Inside were parents Jordan, Chandra, and two children: 2 year old Miguire and 5 year old Karmyn. Although Jordan, Chandra, and Miguire died shortly after the crash, Kamryn lived with serious injuries until she passed away a day later. It’s a horrific tragedy for a family who just celebrated Christmas, spent New Year’s Day having fun in the snow, and were well loved by a large community of people.
The outpouring of grief has reached well beyond the province of Saskatchewan, and anyone who has lost a loved one to an impaired driving crash can relate to the pain of losing an entire family to one. One friend of the family was quoted as saying, “To take grief and magnify it by 4…there are no words.”
The driver of the other vehicle, Catherine Loye McKay has been charged with four counts of impaired driving causing death, four counts of dangerous driving causing death, and four counts of driving over .08 causing death. She may be spending years behind bars, but the really unfortunate thing is that no amount of jail time will bring back a family destroyed by a drunk driving crash.