Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mother Who Drove Family of 8 Off Cliff Was Drunk

Mother Who Drove Family of 8 Off Cliff Was Drunk

They died on their way to Las Vegas, just days before they were set to say, "I do".

Captain Carpenter in an email on Friday said the authorities were still looking at the crash as "a deliberate act", adding that the presence of alcohol would be a consideration in the investigation's final findings.

Police hadn't found the bodies of Devonte Hart and his adoptive sisters, 16-year-old Hannah Hart and 12-year-old Sierra.

Photo The Harts' vehicle was recovered off Highway 1, near Westport, Calif., on March 26. "Everybody reached out asking us what they can do to help us and it's been incredible", she said.

Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and three children - Markis, 19, and Jeremiah and Abigail, both 14 - were confirmed dead.

KGW obtained a 911 call that provided further clues to what was happening when the Harts left their Washington home and drove to California. The SUV carrying their large family from Washington state accelerated straight off a scenic California cliff and authorities said the deadly wreck may have been intentional.

Four members of the Thottapilly family, including a man and wife and two children, went missing this month while traveling from Portland, Oregon, to their home in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

Davis said she'd been undergoing a court-ordered drug treatment program when the kids were first placed with the aunt and hoped to one day regain custody. He doesn't understand why the children weren't spared in the crash, left somewhere someone could find them and keep them safe, he said.

She also said her daughter told her after the incident, her teacher put a cold towel on her injuries. 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. In response to an appeal by him, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she is in constant touch with the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and they are coordinating with the police.

One of the two still missing was 15-year-old Devonte Hart, an African-American youth who gained attention in 2014 after being photographed embracing a white police officer during a protest following the fatal police shooting of a young black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

"All this does is just start another part of the process that doesn't get us to a point of being able to grieve", she said. Soon after a CPS official visited the home, the Harts' SUV was gone.

A search warrant was conducted at the family's home in Woodland on Thursday, March 29.

On 04-13-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Division received preliminary BA/Toxicology analysis results connected to autopsies that were previously performed in connection with this case.

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