SGI says it intends to sue two bars visited by a woman convicted in the drunk-driving deaths of a Saskatoon family of four in 2016.
SGI filed a notice of claim in Court of Queen’s Bench on Thursday, naming both Industrial Kitchen & Bar and Crackers Licensed Cocktail & Dining Room. Both are in Saskatoon.
The claim is based on information received during the criminal proceedings.
These establishment apparently served Catherine McKay before the fatal crash — which took the lives of the Van de Vorst family.
SGI Executive Vice President Earl Cameron says he believes those who served McKay should be held accountable.
“This legal action is about accountability for a collision that killed an entire family. The person who chooses to drive impaired clearly is accountable for their actions,” Cameron said.
“But we need to recognize that if a person is impaired, their judgment is also impaired. Those around them need to take action to ensure no lives are put at risk,” he added.
McKay’s blood alcohol concentration was nearly three times the legal limit when the vehicle she was driving collided with the car carrying four members of the Van de Vorst family on January 3rd, 2016.
Parents Jordan and Chanda died at the scene, while their son, two-year-old Miguire died in hospital later that day.
Their five-year-old daughter Kamryn died the next day.
This is the first time the provincially-funded SGI has laid a statement-of=claim in Court of Queen’s Bench when it comes to specific cases.
Sean Cunningham, current owner of Crackers Licensed Cocktail & Dining Room, spoke to 620 CKRM, says the claim is against the previous owner of the restaurant