(FOX NEWS) — An Idaho lady intentionally drove her sports activities utility car off a cliff final yr, killing herself and her three younger youngsters, police stated Friday.
The Ada County Coroner’s Workplace stated the deaths within the June 2, 2016, crash have been dominated a triple-murder suicide.
Noel Bankhead, forty, drove a Land Rover off a 50-foot cliff together with her daughters and son inside, officers stated. The car sank in forty ft of water in Fortunate Peak Lake.
The our bodies of Bankhead, Anika Voermans, thirteen, Logan Voermans, eleven, and Gwyneth Voermans, eight, have been recovered and the automotive, with a crushed roof, was pulled from the reservoir.
The reason for demise for all 4 was drowning related to blunt drive trauma.
Witnesses informed authorities the automotive Bankhead was driving abruptly turned slowed down, earlier than it was positioned towards the cliff and accelerated.
Officers stated they discovered nothing mechanically improper with the car however have been unable to recuperate info from a water-broken system on the car that data velocity, acceleration and braking.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Workplace cited witness statements and lack of skid marks in making its willpower that Bankhead acted intentionally. Toxicology exams discovered no medicine or alcohol in Bankhead’s system.
Patrick Orr, a spokesperson with the sheriff’s division, declined to touch upon Bankhead’s motive.
Officers stated the mom had gone by way of a divorce about two years earlier than the crash. She labored full-time as a paralegal and authorized secretary for greater than 20 years. Her youngsters have been described as lively and curious with numerous pursuits and hobbies.
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