FIVE DEAD AS SUV PLUNGES OFF CLIFF

Regina Leader-Post - - WORLD -

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.

ALVIN JOR­NADA / THE PRESS DEMO­CRAT VIA AP

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