Woman accused of intentionally driving off cliff, killing twin sister
HONOLULU — Murder on Maui — that’s what prosecutors are calling a deadly crash involving twin sisters. That’s because police investigators believe that single-vehicle accident was no accident at all.
Alexandria Duval was reportedly driving a 2016 Ford Explorer when it went off the Hana Highway on Sunday May 29. The SUV plunged 200 feet to the rocky shoreline below.
Rescuers were able to take out Alexandria with critical injuries, but her twin sister Anastasia Duval died.
What led to the deadly crash? According to court documents, the women were seen and heard arguing in the SUV. Witnesses spotted “the passenger pulling the hair of the driver, who appeared to be in a rage.”
Then two witnesses saw the Explorer “suddenly accelerate, and make a sharp left turn, slamming into a rock wall and plunging onto the rocks below.”
Police found the roadway evidence and the SUV’s own black box confirmed the sequence of events. It also showed through it all — the driver never attempted to put on the brakes.
Duval had a preliminary hearing for the murder of her sister, a woman who had once been half of their West Palm Beach yoga Studio: Twin Power Yoga. According to reports, it was a success, at least for six years before suddenly shutting down.
The twins also briefly opened a Twin Power Yoga studio in Utah in 2014, after shuttering their Palm Beach studio.
According to published reports, this is not Duval’s first brush with the law. She and her sister had past arrests for driving under the influence, battery and numerous other charges. Prosecutors now believe Duval is a flight risk because she tried to leave the islands last Wednesday and had a flight booked to the mainland on Friday, but was arrested before she left. Because of that concern, Judge Blaine Kobayashi ordered her to be held without bail. Duval’s next court appearance will be Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.