Hart Mother Was Drunk When She Drove Family Off a Cliff

Recovered vehicle debris and personal items confirm that an SUV seen plunging into a storm-swollen Northern California river belonged to a family that disappeared last week in the same county as the Hart family, authorities said Thursday.

Jennifer Hart, the woman suspected of driving during that crash that killed her, her spouse and at least three of their six adopted children, was drunk at the time of the crash the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office announced today.

The children's adoptive parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, and three of their siblings were confirmed dead after the crash, police said. California Highway Patrol Ukiah Cpt.

The grandmother-of-ten said: "Patricia and the children really need rehousing - the children need their own home with their mother. So it feels a little odd to be taking donation from others' generosity, but we really are so grateful".

'When I had my youngest, they reassessed my benefits and told me that I was only going to be awarded 50p per week for housing benefit, ' she said. "Until we dig into it a little deeper and find out some of their history.we won't know". Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene along the shoreline. Toxicology results for the third child who died in the crash aren't yet complete, the sheriff's office said. Investigators are awaiting a positive identification of the body, which could take weeks.

The family members were identified as Sandeep Thottapilly, 41; Soumya Thottapilly, 38; Siddhant Thottapilly, 12; and Saachi Thottapilly, 9.

Captain Carpenter in an email on Friday said because & ldquo; a willful act, & rdquo; including that the presence of alcohol are concern in the investigation & rsquo; s findings, the police were considering the accident. The family's attorney was also unavailable for comment Friday. A CHP spokesperson described it as: "Pure acceleration all the way".

He noted the Yukon had traveled some 23 metres along an unpaved roadside pullout before running off the cliff, leaving behind no skid or brake marks, indicating the vehicle may have been driven off the cliff intentionally. In addition, he stated that until the wreck, your family needed stopped at Naselle, Wash., roughly a 90-minute driveway northwest of Woodland, Wash., where they lived.

Hannah, who is missing, was the girl who had jumped from a second-story window in the Hart home and in the middle of a fall night ran over to her neighbors, asking them to hide her. Days later, a tourist spotted the SUV at the bottom of the cliff.

  • Rogelio Becker