Sister charged in twin’s mysterious death Alison Dadow charged with second-degree murder in death of twin sister Ann Dadow after their vehicle plunged off a cliff in Hawaii. A Ford Explorer sits at the bottom of a cliff off Maui's Hana Hwy. The vehicle fell about 200 feet to the jagged rocks below after witnesses say the driver, Alison Dadow, was having a confrontation with her twin sister Ann and accelerated over the cliff. (TOM JOHNSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Rescue workers respond to the scene of a car crash off Maui's Hana Hwy. in Hana, Hawaii. The woman who was driving the vehicle when it plunged off the cliff is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her twin, who was in the passenger's seat. (TOM JOHNSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Ann and Alison Dadow were born in Utica, N.Y. before moving to Florida and opening a high-scale yoga studio. They also spent time living in Utah and Hawaii. A Ford Explorer sits at the bottom of a cliff off Maui's Hana Hwy. The vehicle fell about 200 feet to the jagged rocks below after witnesses say the driver, Alison Dadow, was having a confrontation with her twin sister Ann and accelerated over the cliff. (TOM JOHNSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Rescue workers respond to the scene of a car crash off Maui's Hana Hwy. in Hana, Hawaii. The woman who was driving the vehicle when it plunged off the cliff is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her twin, who was in the passenger's seat. (TOM JOHNSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) By TRAVIS M. ANDREWSThe Washington Post Tues., June 7, 2016 At the beginning of the decade, Alison and Ann Dadow were well-known yoga entrepreneurs who drove matching Porsches, as identical as they were, around West Palm Beach, Fla. In late May, the 37-year-old twins plunged over the edge of a cliff in Hawaii and fell 200 feet in a Ford Explorer, which crumpled like an old soda can when it hit the slick, jagged rocks peeking out of the Pacific Ocean below. Ann, sitting in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister Alison was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and on Monday, was charged with second-degree murder for the death of her sister. She’s been ordered to remain in jail without bail, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post. Sometime before moving to Hawaii, the two assumed new identities under the names Alexandria and Anastasia Duval. It’s unclear when the twins assumed new identities or if they legally changed their names. Court documents refer them by both names. For the sake of clarity, the Post will refer to twins by their given names, Alison and Ann Dadow. On the afternoon of May 29, the two were cruising along Hana Hwy., which snakes around the east coast of Maui for about 103 kilometres, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Despite the gorgeous scenery, an argument had allegedly grown between them, according to court documents. Lawrence Lau, who was chaperoning a Boys Scouts troop outing, claimed to have come across the white SUV sitting motionless in the middle of the highway. According to court documents, the passenger was pulling the driver’s hair. “You could tell that she was very violently swearing at somebody else in the car,” Lau told KHNL. “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.” Alison allegedly drove straight off the cliff. Alan Akina, a contributor to Wake Up 2day, told KHON he also witnessed the accident. “They just sped up, drove right past our van and turned off the cliff,” Akina said. According to the Explorer’s airbag control module, the car experienced a hard acceleration and no braking, even after it crashed into and over the rock wall on the side of the highway and plummeted to the rocks below, court documents state. Alison was arrested at the Seaside Hotel last Friday, after she attempted to fly out of the Hawaii. “We had information after she was discharged from the hospital she attempted to fly out of the jurisdiction Wednesday night,” Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa told The Associated Press. The court documents state Alison had a flight booked to the West Coast. Todd Eddins, Alison’s defence attorney, told the Washington Post she did have a flight planned, but it was back to upstate New York to attend a funeral for her sister with her grandmother, “to be confronted by the only maternal presence she had left,” as the twins’ mother died when they were young. “All we know is she was trying to leave the state,” Higa said. “We were afraid she would try to leave the country, as well.” Eddins called the second-degree murder charge “extreme and cold-hearted.” “They were extremely close, even by identical twin standards,” he told the Post. “(Alison) did not try to harm herself or the person she most loved and was closest to in the world.” The two were more than just sisters — they were business partners with a strange and winding past through the United States, stretching from Florida to the Upper Midwest and finally the Aloha State. Long before moving to Hawaii, the Utica, N.Y.-born twins — then known to all as Alison and Ann Dadow — were yoga entrepreneurs, who opened their first location in South Florida during the “worst economy, when everybody was closing,” as Alison told the Palm Beach Post. Their approach, which focused on the spiritual as well as the physical, led them to record a yoga DVD and to open a second location of Twin Power Yoga in West Palm Beach on Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Alison said the goal was to gift yoga to the stressed downtown professionals of South Florida. “Our whole life is focused on sharing this yoga,” Dadow told the Palm Beach Post. “We hope we get it to the people who need it. That’s our passion.” The high-end studios were a hit. “They taught each class with a passion and a knowledge of a more traditional Indian Asthanga practice that you don’t always find in power yoga instructors,” Dalia Soles told the Palm Beach Post. During those years, the twins also became a recurrent topic in GossipExtra, a South Florida tabloid which ridiculed them as the “terrible twins of yoga.” According to the Star Advertiser, they lived a lavish lifestyle which included matching Porsches and frequent trips to the Worth Avenue, an upscale shopping resort with palm tree-lined roads dotted with stores like Chanel and Giorgio Armani alongside the Four Seasons and Chestfield Hotels. “They were very well respected here for a while,” Jose Lambiet, a former New York Daily News reporter and GossipExtra founder, told the Star-Advertiser. “But when you get successful, it’s easy to start overspending. This is Palm Beach. Once you start shopping on Worth Avenue, it can get out of control pretty quickly.” All of it — the yoga, the cars, the shopping — ended abruptly in 2014.