(The horrific crash occurred in June of 2016 but the investigation’s finding were just released.)
The County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that investigators have concluded that Noel Bankhead, 40, of Boise, Idaho drove her Land Rover off the sharp drop off on the side of a road near the Idaho 21 bridge over Lucky Peak, known as the High Bridge.
The SUV went down more than 50 feet before it hit the water and quickly sank to the bottom of the reservoir.
Witnesses said that Bankhead was driving north at about 7 a.m. when she slowed down, turned, pointed the SUV toward the cliff, and suddenly accelerated.
No skid marks or indication of braking was found no evidence of mechanical problems with the SUV was found.
Bankhead and her children — Anika Voermans, 13, Logan Voermans, 11, and Gwyneth Voermans, 8 — all died from drowning associated with blunt force trauma.
The children’s deaths were ruled homicides, while their mother’s death was a suicide. A motive is still unclear but an autopsy on Bankhead revealed that she had no alcohol or medication in her system at the time.
Authorities have since placed several large boulder along the dropoff after the crash to prevent other drivers from going over.
(Photos, YouTube, Bowman Funeral Parlor; via USA Today)