FIVE DEAD AS SUV PLUNGES OFF CLIFF
SAN FRANCISCO Investigators are trying to figure out what caused an SUV carrying a family of eight to plunge off a 30-metre cliff shortly after child-welfare authorities went to their home to investigate possible abuse.
Five members of the Hart family — a free-spirited brood from Washington state — were found dead, and the search continued Friday for three more children believed to have been in the vehicle when it went over the edge and landed below the Pacific Coast Highway.
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said there is no reason to think the crash was intentional, but he said there were no signs the driver braked as the GMC Yukon crossed a flat, dirt pull-off area, about 25 metres wide.
The brood was known as the Hart Tribe, a multiracial family of two women — Sarah and Jennifer Hart — and six adopted children. One of the children, Devonte Hart, drew national attention when the black youngster was photographed hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest in Portland, Ore., over the deadly police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo.