There have been a number of fatal drunk driving crashes in Saskatchewan over the past few years, and all are equally tragic due to the loss of life to something as preventable as drunk driving. Out of all of these crashes, one stands out because an entire family died after a woman made the decision to drive drunk. Although her trial is long over and she’s received her sentence, there are still consequences to be dealt with because of her actions.
Catherine McKay was drunk when she drove through a light and struck the vehicle of the Van de Vorst family in January of 2016. Everyone in the vehicle, two parents and two children, died. McKay was sentenced to ten years in prison for her crime, but she’s since been moved to a Healing Lodge where she’ll serve out the remainder of her sentence and be re-integrated into society.
Now Saskatchewan General Insurance, also known as SGI, has filed a claim against two of the bars she was drinking at the night of her crash. They contend that because McKay had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was three times the legal limit on the night of the crash, the employees serving her in the bar must have known she was under the influence and should have refused her service.
The two bars, Industrial Kitchen & Bar and Crackers Licensed Cocktail & Dining Room, are named in the claim, and SGI will attempt to recover almost $100,000 under the Fatal Accidents Act. SGI also plans on suing McKay for her actions.
What SGI may be hoping to do with this case is create a strong deterrent for anyone considering drinking and driving. If you do and you’re one of the many people in the province who are behind the wheel and causing drunk driving crashes like this one, you should realize that the consequences can be just as severe as they have been for McKay and everyone she came in contact with that night.