Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Police say Woman who Drove SUV with Family off Cliff was Drunk

Police say Woman who Drove SUV with Family off Cliff was Drunk

The California Highway Patrol said on Friday that Jennifer Hart, who was driving the SUV that plunged off the cliff in Mendocino County on March 26 carrying her wife and six children, had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

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Sadly, two of the children were drugged with "a significant amount" of diphenhydramine, which is an ingredient found in Benadryl, according to the Associated Press.

Two of the Hart children whose bodies have been recovered also had diphenhydramine in their system.

"It was pure acceleration from the last brake application until it hit the bottom of the cliff", Greg Baarts, the acting assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol's northern division, said at the time. Jennifer Hart, her spouse Sarah and three of their adopted children died in the crash.

Back in 2014, your family members gained a celebrity once a photograph of a tearful Devonte, who's shameful, adopting a white police at a demonstration against police violence drew widespread attention. The vehicle slowed in the turnout, then tumbled into the river, authorities said, noting that visibility was reduced during the storm and the driver may not have seen the embankment.

"At this point, certainly, the theory is the child was from this vehicle", Allman said.

The 31-metre drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14. The authorities were hunting for one additional few children: Hannah Devonte, 15; along with Sierra. They later left the state and never registered in local school districts in OR and Washington OR notified authorities they planned to home-school the children.

The CHP said on Friday nobody in the SUV was wearing a seat belt when the auto when over the cliff.

A helicopter scours the scene as investigators try and understand what happened to the three missing children.

"She said one of the students from her class pushed her down and knocked her teeth out", Franklin said.

"We believe that the Hart incident was in fact intentional", he said. The family lived in Woodland, Washington, near Portland, Oregon, and were reportedly on a road trip, though Child Protective Services had been trying to reach them for days.

And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.

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