The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office has announced the results of toxicology tests performed on four of the five deceased victims of the Hart family’s fatal SUV plunge on March 26.
According to the sheriff’s statement, Jennifer Hart, who was being the wheel of the SUV, had a blood-alcohol level of .102 BAC at the time of the fatal crash, which authorities believe was intentional. The legal blood-alcohol limit is .08.
Sarah Hart and two of the three juvenile victims, Jennifer and Sarah’s adopted children, tested positive for Diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl, a hypnotic antihistamine used to treat allergies that can cause marked drowsiness.
The results of a toxicology text performed on a third juvenile victim is still pending.
CrimeOnline will provide additional updates when more information is available.
[Feature image: The Hart Family/Thomas Boyd for The Oregonian via Associated Press]