SGI is suing two bars that served alcohol to Catherine McKay before she was involved in a drunk driving crash that killed a family of four last year.
McKay was sentenced to 10 years in jail last July after pleading guilty to 4 counts of impaired driving causing death. It was revealed in court that McKay had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit when she got behind the wheel, and that she had attended Industrial Kitchen and Bar and Crackers Licensed Cocktail and Dining Room that night. Current owner of Crackers, Sean Cunningham, clarifies that the claim is against the previous owner.
SGI Executive Vice President Earl Cameron says while the person who chose to drive impaired is accountable for their actions, the businesses should have taken action to ensure McKay did not get behind the wheel. Cameron says there is a higher degree of responsibility for establishments serving alcohol for profit to prevent their customers from posing a danger to others and themselves. Jordan and Chanda Van de Vorst died at the scene of the crash on Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road January 3rd, 2016. Their 2 year old son Miguire and 5 year old daughter Kamryn died in hospital within the next day. This is the first time SGI has pursued legal action against any liquor establishment.