A woman in Hawaii has been charged with the death of her twin sister after driving an SUV off of a cliff on May 29.
Alexandria Duval, 37, reportedly drove her SUV through a rock wall on the Hana Highway in Maui before going over the edge of a cliff, according to the New York Daily News. Her sister Anastasia died as a result of the crash.
Authorities say Alexandria made no attempt to brake during the crash. A witness said the siblings were feuding inside the car in the moments before the crash, reportedly pulling each other's hair. The witness saw the SUV, parked at the time, "accelerate forward and take a sharp left over the cliff," according to Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa.
"My first thought when she was coming past us was, ‘Don’t hit me, don’t hit me,’ because she was slightly out of control," witness Lawrence Lau told KHON. "She was doing 40 miles an hour from a dead stop at that point. I’m just sad about it. I’m amazed that that lady survived. I am really amazed because I saw how far she fell."
Further investigation revealed the two sisters were quite close in the years before the deadly incident. They had previously lived in Florida and had co-owned a successful yoga studio, at some point changing their names from Alison (Alexandria) and Ann (Anastasia) Dadow, KHON reports.
Duval was arrested on June 3. Authorities sought her after learning she intended to fly to the West Coast after checking out of a local hospital. She faces a charge of second-degree attempted murder in the case.
She appeared in court on June 6 with her attorney Todd Eddins, who defended the siblings' close relationship.
"Alison did not try to harm herself or the person she most loved and was closest to in the world. They were in the process of building a business plan and were aspiring to open up studios here."