(SFist) — The tragic and confusing tale of the Hart family, who all died last March when their car drove off a cliff in the California coastal town of Fort Bragg, has come to a final if tragic conclusion following a coroner’s inquest.
It was the first such inquest in Mendocino County in 52 years, and it concluded Thursday after a jury deliberated for less than an hour. The jurors ruled that the crash was the result of a murder-suicide pact, and that both women, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38 years old, were complicit in the deaths of their six adopted children and their mutual suicides, as the Associated Press reports.
Jennifer Hart, who was behind the wheel of the SUV before it flew off the cliff at high speed, had a blood alcohol level of .102 at the time of her death, or the equivalent of about five shots. It’s said that she rarely ever drank, as the Oregonian reports.
Sarah Hart had 42 doses of generic Benadryl in her system, and all of the children had been dosed with Benadryl in some form. Police were able to do a forensic search of Sarah Hart’s cell phone that found she had been doing Google searches for things like “Can 500 mgs of Benadryl kill a 120-pound woman?” and “Is death by drowning relatively painless?”
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