Woman who drove SUV with family off cliff was drunk, police say

Woman who drove SUV with family off cliff was drunk, police say

The GMC Yukon plunged off the cliff off Highway 1 on March 26.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, weather conditions in the area improved enough for a search team to enter the river on inflatable boats and use poles to probe the water. Devonte Hart had made headlines years before the crash when a picture of him hugging a police officer during police-brutality protests went viral.

This June, 2014, file photo shows some of the Hart family at the annual celebration of "The Goonies" movie in Astoria, Ore.

The California Highway Patrol said that witnesses have told them they saw a SUV matching the description of the one owned by the Thottapilly family rolled through a highway pullout, slam into trees as it went down a 150-foot embankment and crash into the swift-moving waters of the Eel River.

Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook.

The woman had not been formally identified but Allman earlier said the body was believed to have been one of the people in the vehicle.

Lab results on the driver's body found she had a blood-alcohol concentration above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, Sgt Powers said.

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"Toxicology tests also revealed that at least some of the car's passengers had "significant" amounts of a sleep-inducing drug found in Benadryl in their systems", the Associated Press reported today.

"'Yes, I'm upset. I'm afraid for my child", said Donisha Franklin, Heaven's mother.

No one in the vehicle, a GMC Yukon, was wearing a seatbelt, Captain Carpenter said on Friday.

Last August, soon after the Harts moved into their rural home, neighbors Bruce and Dana DeKalb said a child rang their doorbell, seeking sanctuary from abuse.

That's the same area where a family of four that vanished during a road trip from Portland, Ore., to their home in Santa Clarita, Calif., is last known to have been, the San Jose Police Department told the Associated Press. The authorities were still searching for the other three children: Hannah, 16; Devonte, 15; and Sierra, 15.

Two more are missing and another body has been found but not identified.

After Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault, she and Jen pulled their children from schools in Minnesota, in favor of homeschooling.

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