SAN FRANCISCO - A woman was drunk when she drove her large family off a Northern California cliff last month and her wife and several children had large amounts of a drug in their systems that can cause drowsiness, authorities said Friday.
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A California Highway Patrol captain told the Associated Press that toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of.102. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher.
"Sarah Hart and two of the children had a positive toxicology finding in their blood for Diphenhydramine, an active ingredient in Benadryl", it said.
Authorities also recovered debris and personal items confirm that a vehicle seen plunging into a storm-swollen Northern California river last week belonged to a family that went missing.
Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both 39, and their six adopted children were believed to be in the auto at the time.
Sheriff deputies and the California Highway Patrol have been working since last week to locate and recover the vehicle.More news: Russian Federation spies Skripals for five years
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Officials said Friday that witnesses saw the family's Honda Pilot pull into a turnout alongside the river in the midst of a rainstorm a week ago.
The family's demise in late March came just days after child welfare authorities in their home state of Washington opened an inquiry into allegations the children were being abused or neglected, according to police and social services agencies.
Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook. "The Coroner's Division is still awaiting the BA/Toxicology analysis of the third child that was recovered on March 26".
Mothers Sarah and Jen, both 38, died, as well as their children Markis, 19, Abigail, 14, and Jeremiah, 14. A body of a Black female was found in the ocean and not far from the crash site, which authorities believe is Hannah or Sierra, but are awaiting the results of an autopsy.
"She said one of the students from her class pushed her down and knocked her teeth out", Franklin said. Three other children, Hannah, 16, Devonte, 15, and Sierra, also 15, are missing.
And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.