Woman who drove SUV with family off cliff was drunk

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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 March 2016 photo shows the Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash.

California Highway Patrol officials said Thursday they had recovered personal items belonging to the family from the rain-swollen Eel River, confirming that the vehicle that fell into the river April 6 was that of the Thottapilly family.

A woman believed to have intentionally driven her wife and children off a cliff in the USA state of California was legally drunk, the local sheriff's office said.

Authorities said they have not positively identified the remains.

Bruce Carpenter said Friday that toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of.102. "The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08".

Sadly, two of the children were drugged with "a significant amount" of diphenhydramine, which is an ingredient found in Benadryl, according to the Associated Press.

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"At this point, certainly, the theory is the child was from this vehicle", Allman said.

Medocino County Sheriff Thomas D. Allman said today the vehicle pulled onto "a dirt pullout" before stopping 70 feet from the edge and then producing "just acceleration, until they went over".

Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the family's SUV when it plunged off a cliff in Mendocino County, more than 160 miles north of San Francisco.

The California Highway Patrol has also said the crash is thought to have been intentional. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.

News reports had previously indicated that there had been incidents of reported child abuse and that Child Protective Services had attempted to visit the Hart family a few days before they left their home in Washington.

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Search crews Friday morning recovered a child's body from the Eel River, a week after a missing Southern California family's vehicle fell into its waters during an intense rainstorm.

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