The Washington state moms and three of their adopted children who were killed when their SUV plunged off a California cliff last year died of broken necks, a forensic pathologist revealed this week.
Assistant Medical Examiner Greg Pizarro shared his conclusion about the deaths of parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and children Markis, 19, Jeremiah and Abigail, both 14, during a coroner’s inquest Wednesday.
The family plummeted off a cliff in Westport, halfway between the Oregon border and San Francisco, on March 26, 2018.
The body of Ciera Hart, 12, was found weeks after her siblings’ in the Pacific Ocean, and was too decomposed for examiners to determine how she died.
“You can only assume her manner of death was similar to all the other children,” Pizarro said.
A partial foot — which was found inside a shoe and pair of jeans on a northern California beach back in January — has been connected to Hannah Hart, 16.
And the remains of Devonte Hart, 15 — whose image hugging a police officer during a Portland protest went viral — have still not been found.
A jury in Willits will ultimately determine whether the crash was a murder-suicide or an accident.
Preliminary toxicology tests revealed that Jennifer Hart — who was behind the wheel — had an alcohol level of 0.102, California Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter said in the early stages of the investigation.
Toxicology tests also found that her wife Sarah Hart and two of their children had “a significant amount” of an ingredient commonly found in the allergy drug Benadryl, which can make people sleepy.
“We believe that the Hart incident was in fact intentional,” he said.
The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation into the family following allegations the children were being neglected.
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