A 37-year-old woman from Maui, Hawaii, currently faces second-degree attempted murder charges after she deliberately drove her Ford Explorer off a 200 foot cliff during a heated argument with her twin sister last week.
Though her sister was pronounced dead at the scene, the woman somehow survived the crash.
Alexandria Duval, who was driving the car at the moment of the accident, escaped with just a broken arm. On Monday, she appeared in a courtroom on her own feet. She is now in jail without bail.
But there are other bizarre aspects of the case. According to court documents, several witnesses said they saw the women shouting and fighting one another inside the car when the SUV raced past them.
The dead twin sister, Anastasia Duval, was apparently so enraged that she was pulling Alexandria’s hair and the steering wheel. Rescue crews found about the shocking crash May 29, around 5:00 p.m.
Firefighters had to manually pry the two women from the wrecked SUV which landed on the bottom of the cliff in a site surrounded by seawater.
One witness said that he saw Alexandria’s head jerking moments before the car drove off the cliff just before his eyes. The man recalls that for a second he thought that the car was about to hit him because the vehicle seemed “slightly out of control.” He added that Alexandria was driving 40 miles per hour when she whizzed past him.
“I’m amazed that that lady survived. I am really amazed because I saw how far she fell,”
What’s more, police investigators said that they found no evidence that the woman had tried to use the brakes before the plunge. Investigators based their assumptions on the traces left on the road, the timing of the airbag deployment, and witness accounts.
Police concluded that before the shocking crash the driver accelerated and abruptly steered the car to the left into the abyss. Police also said that the survivor tried to take a flight that night, but missed it, and she had one more attempt hours later.
The woman’s lawyer said that she was not trying to escape prosecution for “any alleged crimes.”
The two women were yoga instructors and ran together a thriving business in Florida. They were in trouble with the police there since they had been taken into custody one day before Christmas for disorderly conduct.
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