Couple, two chil­dren killed in al­leged drunk driv­ing crash near Saska­toon

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

A woman is fac­ing im­paired driv­ing charges fol­low­ing a crash out­side Saska­toon that killed a couple and their two young chil­dren.

RCMP said Mon­day that the last fam­ily mem­ber in the accident, a five-year-old girl who had been taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries, did not sur­vive.

Jor­dan Van de Vorst, 34, and his 33-year-old wife, Chanda Van de Vorst, were pro­nounced dead at the crash scene early Sun­day.

Two-year-old Migu­ire also died in hos­pi­tal with his sis­ter Kam­ryn.

“It's a pretty tough day for all of us,” said Michael Murchi­son, a friend of Jor­dan Van de Vorst.

He said the man worked as a mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist but his pas­sion was pho­tog­ra­phy. They were part of a small group of ama­teur pho­tog­ra­phers who of­ten went out to­gether to snap pho­tos of things such as the north­ern lights.

“We were talk­ing about go­ing out the night of the crash af­ter he got home, but he never got back to any­body,” said Murchi­son. “We just as­sumed he went home to bed.”

He said Van de Vorst was al­ways talk­ing about his two kids.

“He was a great dad, great per­son, a great friend. And we're all go­ing to miss him a lot.”

Van de Vorst posted sev­eral pho­tos of his smil­ing chil­dren on Face­book. They sat on Santa's lap a few weeks ago. On New Year's Day, they went to­bog­gan­ing.

The last pic­ture he posted was of a sparkling snowflake. The Saskatchewan Free­dom Pho­tog­ra­phy Group posted it Mon­day in mem­ory of the fam­ily.

Moun­ties said the Van de Vorsts were in a car that was struck by an SUV that was cross­ing High­way 11 just north of Saska­toon.

Cather­ine McKay of Saska­toon faces three counts of im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death. Po­lice said af­ter the death of the girl that ad­di­tional charges are pend­ing. On Jan­uary 21, 2015 The PEI Baby Book will hit doorsteps and new­stands across PEI as well as our web­sites. Make sure your baby is in­cluded!

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