Hart Mother Was Drunk When She Drove Family Off a Cliff

  • Hart Mother Was Drunk When She Drove Family Off a Cliff

Hart Mother Was Drunk When She Drove Family Off a Cliff

A woman believed to have intentionally driven her wife and children off a cliff in the U.S. state of California was legally drunk, the local sheriff's office said. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher.

A body was found last week near the crash site that officials said may be one of the three missing children, but the body has yet to be identified. Another body, believed to be one of the missing Hart children, was recovered from the ocean on April 7.

Authorities have stated that information from the auto's program indicated the automobile moved away the ocean overlook on a rugged portion of coastline, though the California Highway Patrol have not concluded, the crash was willful. The bodies of three of their children - Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 - were found nearby.

"We believe that the Hart incident was in fact intentional", he said. Three of the Hart children are still missing.

Toxicology checks also discovered that their spouse Sarah Hart and two of their children needed "a significant quantity" of a component commonly seen in the allergy drug Benadryl, that could make people drowsy.

Neither Hart nor her passengers were wearing seatbelts, Carpenter said. She said that afterward they were going to sit down and eat, and feed the children.

Sarah's text was sent hours after Child Protective Services visited the Hart family home in Woodland on March 23 to follow up on a call from neighbors reporting that the six Hart family children were not being fed. The parents and their two young children remain missing, but crews have recovered auto parts and some of their belongings, authorities said.

The Harts, who immersed their children in alternative culture, left many friends and acquaintances with the impression of a happy family that emphasized love, unity and music.

There were no skid marks at the scene, Carpenter said. Investigators could not immediately identify the body, though it appeared be an African-American girl's body. On March 26, she called a Clark County emergency dispatcher to report that she had not heard back from her friend in two days. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected.

The Harts moved last spring to Woodland, Washington, telling their real-estate broker "they needed a fresh start" after experiencing prejudice in Minnesota and too much media attention in OR after one child was pictured in a viral photo taken at a 2014 police-brutality protest.

Police have said a search of the family's home in Woodland, Washington, turned up no suicide note.

The moms, married couple Jennifer and Sara Hart, who died in the crash, had six adopted children. The 15-year-old made headlines in 2014 after a photographer shot a photo of him hugging a police officer during a protest after the decision was made to not press charges against the officers who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.