A woman accused of killing her identical twin by driving their car off a cliff in Hawaii was captured in Upstate New York after fleeing from a murder charge there.
Alexandria Duval, 38, is charged with second-degree murder for driving off a cliff in Hawaii in May and was being held Monday in a New York jail, reports said.
Duval was tracked down and tried to flee after police spotted her outside an Albany residence, officials said.
Maui police said Duval was driving a Ford Explorer on Hana Highway on May 29 with her sister Anastasia. A fight between the sisters that involved hair-pulling and steering-wheel grabbing caused their SUV to crash into a rock wall and plunge approximately 200 feet onto a rocky shore, witnesses said.
“You could tell that she was very violently swearing at somebody else in the car. She was mad and when she took off, it was in a rage. So she floored it and was in a rage as she sped past us,” Boy Scouts chaperone Lawrence Lau told hawaiinewsnow.com at the time.
Anastasia was pronounced dead at the scene, while Alexandria was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. She subsequently tried to book multiple flights to the mainland, but was arrested at a hotel and jailed on a second-degree murder for deliberately causing her sister’s death. A Hawaii judge later determined there was insufficient probable cause for the charge and ordered her to be released.
But in October, a Maui grand jury indicted her and a warrant was again issued for her arrest.
The sisters, who changed their names from Alison and Ann Dadow in 2014, had operated popular yoga studios in Palm Beach County, Florida, from 2008 to 2014, before relocating to Utah and then Hawaii after running out of money and attempting to reboot their lives, the Daily Beast reported.
After leaving Florida, the sisters reportedly had substance abuse problems. In a chilling foreshadowing, the sisters were arrested after allegedly being intoxicated and driving into a ditch in Utah. The incident included a hair-pulling fight, according to a person who tried to help them.
In August, Duval was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated after she nearly struck a vehicle driven by a police investigator. She was held in Albany County Jail for three weeks.