A very sad news story was reportedly recently after a family drove off a cliff in California. Now, more details about the tragic event are being released.
"Jen and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children died of broken necks after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, a forensic pathologist testified during a coroner's inquest Wednesday to help authorities classify the deaths. A jury in Willits will decide whether the March 2018 deaths of the two women and their six children were accidental or a murder-suicide," reported Yahoo.
Investigators have since been looking into the cause of the crash. Their findings have raised a lot of questions.
"Pizarro told the inquest jury that Jennifer Hart's blood alcohol level was .102 at the of the crash — well above California's limit of 0.08. He also testified that Sarah Hard had a high level of Benedryl in her bloodstream at the time of her death. He added that is was not the cause of her death, but neared toxic levels," reported CBS News.
Now, the local sheriff's office is making a big announcement. It is a shocking finding that many people did not expect.
"A 14-member jury was presented with the evidence, and took less than an hour to decide that the six children — Markis, Jeremiah, Abigail, Devonte, Ciera, and Hannah Hart — had been intentionally killed by their adoptive parents," reported People.
Crew hoped to find survivors but the recovery efforts were hindered by the geography of the crash. The car had plunged off a 100-foot cliff. The vehicle reportedly fell all the way to the water below.
One of the jurors has also just now spoken out about the case. He opened up to reporters who were anxious to hear about the decision.
“I’m going to be really honest with you guys,” Juror Tony Howard told reporters, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. “Coming up with the decision wasn’t the hard part. Dealing with the whole tragedy was the hard part.”
Also, other details are being reported about the family. Neighbors had previously complained to CPS regarding the care of the children. More information can be found in the video below.
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