Driver of Hart family SUV was drunk, authorities say

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

The woman's wife, Sarah, as well as two of the couple's six adopted children, were also found with "a significant amount" of an ingredient that can be found in Benadryl in their systems, according to tests.

This comes after a body, believed to be one of the children, was found near the cliff last week. The legal limit in California is.08%.

Authorities have said data from the vehicle's software suggested the crash was deliberate, though the California Highway Patrol has not concluded why the vehicle went off an ocean overlook on a rugged part of coastline.

On Thursday, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said it had found belongings of the Thottapilly family, of Santa Clarita, as well as vehicle parts from their SUV about 14 miles down river from where investigators believe they rolled down an embankment. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said. Devonte and his sister's body are missing and a third body was discovered but wasn't identified.

The 100-foot (31-meter) drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.

But their three other children - Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12 - are missing, officials said.

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Search crews Friday morning recovered a child's body from the Eel River, a week after a missing Southern California family's auto fell into its waters during an intense rainstorm.

The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said. Police confirmed that Jennifer, Sarah, and their three children were dead. At a press conference on Friday, the Coroner originally said that the body was that of a child but later said that it was an adult female.

A family of four taking a West Coast road trip vanished about 30 miles from the site of the Hart family crash, authorities said this week.

The New York Daily News reports that Jennifer Hart's blood alcohol content was 0.102.

While socio-economic and cultural background are often considered the most influential factors in a child's ability to succeed at school, Hancock said the research demonstrates that children's family history - particularly in relation to their grandparents - is of upmost importance.

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