A murder charge against Alexandria Duval, 37, in the death of her twin sister, Anastasia Duval, was dropped this afternoon after a judge found no probable cause, the prosecutor’s office confirmed.
Anastasia Duval was killed when the twins’ SUV plunged off a 200-foot cliff on the Hana Highway on May 29. Alexandria Duval was arrested on second-degree murder charges, accused of deliberately causing her sister’s death by driving the car into a rock wall and over the cliff.
“The judge found no probable cause,” Maui Prosecuting Attorney John Kim told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The decision was made by District Court Judge Blaine Kobayashi of the Second Circuit.
According to witnesses, the sisters were arguing in a parked Ford Explorer when the driver accelerated the vehicle through a retaining wall and down the cliff. The vehicle landed on a rocky shoreline, killing the passenger.
Alexandria Duval was initially reported in critical condition following the incident but was subsequently released from Maui Memorial Medical Center.
She appeared in Wailuku District Court on Monday with her right arm in a sling.
According to probable cause documents filed in court, a witness reported that the driver appeared to be in a rage. He and others saw the women arguing, with the passenger pulling the driver’s hair.
The documents say the vehicle’s air bag control module shows the driver didn’t try to brake before accelerating, making a hard left and crashing through the wall.