Hart Family Crash

Jennifer Hart Was Drunk When She Drove Off The Cliff

Apr 13, 2018

Authorities said today that toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had a blood alcohol level of .102, which is above the .08 legal limit. CHP Officer Chad Ramsey says tests also found that her wife Sarah and two of their children had a significant amount of an ingredient commonly found in the drug Benadryl in their systems, which can make people sleepy. 

 

RAMSEY: “The pathologist found that the driver Jennifer was over the legal limit in alcohol and Sarah and two kids they found Benadryl in their system.”

 

Officials say they may have recovered the body of one of three children still missing from a fatal car crash on the coast that killed at least five members of a family last month.

 

Authorities have been searching for almost two weeks along the Mendocino coastline for the bodies of Devonte, Hannah and Sierra Hart. 

 

O. Hope McKenney

Sheriff Allman said, “The scene is certainly in between being a crash scene and a crime scene, because I think we’re waiting for a lot of information to come in.”

 

The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart were found on March 26, along with the bodies of three of their six children, inside the family's SUV, off a cliff near Westport. Their three other children, Devonte, Hannah, and Sierra, believed to have likely been in the car at the time, are still missing. 

 

California Highway Patrol / CHP

The California Highway Patrol released a photograph Tuesday showing Jennifer Hart checking out at Safeway grocery store in Fort Bragg on Sunday, March 25, 2018.  The CHP also stated they are working with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies throughout Washington and Oregon in an active search for missing children, Hannah Hart, age 16, Devonte Hart, age 15, and Sierra Hart, age 12.  

The Hart family from Woodland, Washington, traveled along Hwy 1 in Mendocino County in recent days and for unknown reasons plummeted down a steep cliff at a turn out south of Juan Creek. Five family members were found dead at the scene - the bottom of the cliff on the rocky shoreline. Reporter Hope McKenney talked to Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman about the crash and the latest search and rescue efforts.