01/07/2016 14:26 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

Family of family killed in Saskatoon crash speaks after accused driver in court

SASKATOON — The family of the four people killed in a crash near Saskatoon over the weekend is speaking out.

Jordan Van de Vorst and his wife, Chanda, died in the crash just outside Saskatoon on Sunday.

Their five-year-old daughter Kamryn and two-year-old son Miguire died in hospital.

Jordan’s father, Lou Van de Vorst, says their deaths were a terrible crime.

Choking back tears, he then thanked first-responders, doctors and nurses who helped at the crash.

Catherine McKay appeared in court via video and is charged with four counts each of impaired driving causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 causing death.

"We have to live with a large hole in our hearts, she will have to live remembering what she did and the four lives that she took," Van de Vorst said.

"No one will know what those two little ones would have accomplished as they grew up or what Jordan and Chanda would have done if they had lived a full life."

Van de Vorst also thanked family members, friends, fellow church members and total strangers who have lent their support, and repeated a request for media to respect the family's privacy.

McKay is due in court again on Jan. 20.



CKOM, The Canadian Press