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Mendocino County authorities: Oregon family cliff crash intentional

Mendocino County authorities have released new details in a case involving an Oregon family that plunged off a cliff on Highway 1 last March.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 8:52 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 4:00 PM

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. - Mendocino County authorities have released new details in a case involving an Oregon family that plunged off a cliff on Highway 1 last March.

The coroner shared his report Wednesday on the case involving Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their six adopted children. Authorities believe the crash may have been intentional, with Jennifer in the driver's seat.

A California Highway Patrol officer said there did not appear to be any signs Jennifer tried to stop the car at the edge of the cliff.

The 100-foot drop is believed to have killed all passengers in the vehicle. 

"I've responded to quite a few collisions on the coast area and vehicles down the cliff, and it was very unusual to have no evidence of any kind," said Officer M. Covington of the California Highway Patrol. 

The toxicology report revealed Jennifer had an alcohol level above the legal limit. Several other family members also had high amounts of Benadryl in their systems.

The sheriff's office said the Harts had been reported to child protective services in Clark County, OR, just days before the accident. 

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