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Boyfriend: Someone dropped the ball

The boyfriend of Anastasia Duval, who died in an SUV that plunged off a cliff near Hana, is not pleased that a murder charge was thrown out last month against Duval’s twin sister, who was driving the vehicle and survived.

“I feel like someone dropped the ball. Somebody walked away free,” said Federico Bailey, the boyfriend of 37-year-old Anastasia Duval, who died at the scene of the crash May 29.

He spoke to The Maui News on Wednesday and through emails Thursday about the day of the crash, how he met Anastasia Duval, their relationship and the twin sisters’ plans on Maui.

Anastasia’s sister, Alexandria Duval, who was driving the 2016 Ford Explorer that went off a 200-foot cliff onto a rocky shoreline, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder five days after the crash.

On June 8, a Wailuku District judge tossed out the second-degree murder charge, saying there was insufficient evidence to support the charge. Alexandria Duval, also known as Alison Dadow, has since moved to the Mainland, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors indicated after the judge’s ruling that they might charge her on lesser counts such as negligent homicide or manslaughter. They did not comment on the case Thursday.

Bailey had been on a camping trip with Anastasia and Alexandria Duval in Kipahulu on the day of the crash, which occurred about 4 miles south of Hana. He maintained Wednesday that the crash was not an accident.

Witnesses said that there was screaming and hair-pulling in the SUV, driven by Alexandria Duval, before the crash. Traffic investigators said that there were no signs of braking and that the accelerator was pushed down to the floor when the SUV went flying over the cliff.

“Considering the fact that a precious life was taken, more time should have been granted to the prosecution to prove their case,” Bailey said in an email Thursday.

Bailey’s comments came as a court hearing scheduled Thursday in Wailuku District Court on an unrelated contempt of court case against Alexandria Duval was continued to July 28.

The contempt case stems from an incident involving both sisters Dec. 24 against a female complainant; the sisters have missed court dates on the matter. Online court records show that the women were charged with disorderly conduct, a petty misdemeanor, along with second-degree terroristic threatening, a misdemeanor, in the Dec. 24 incident. Prosecutors on Thursday did not offer any more details about the case.

Deputy Prosecutor Byron Fujieda, supervisor of the felony screening division, confirmed that Alexandria Duval has moved to the Mainland and that she does not have to appear in District Court on the misdemeanors.

“It’s highly unlikely that she’ll come back” for a court proceeding, he added.

Maui County Prosecutor J.D. Kim said Thursday that he had no comment on the Hana crash and the police investigation “because currently it is under investigation.”

Honolulu defense attorney Todd Eddins, who represented Alexandria Duval in the second-degree murder case, had no comment Thursday.

The May 29 crash that killed Anastasia Duval, also known as Ann Dadow, garnered national and international attention from media outlets, including “Inside Edition,” “Nancy Grace” and NBC news programs.

The twin sisters were successful yoga instructors in Florida but when a reality TV project fell through, they went out of business in debt, according to published reports. They moved to Utah and opened a yoga studio before moving to Maui.

On the day of the fatal crash, Bailey said that the sisters were fighting because Alexandria Duval was not supposed to be on the trip that originally was planned for just Anastasia and him.

He said in an interview with The Maui News shortly after the crash that the women’s personalities change when they drink alcohol, and Alexandria had brought wine on the trip.

The sisters took the SUV from the campsite that day, leaving him behind, and were gone for about four hours, Bailey said. When they returned, Anastasia Duval “seemed very positive.” She talked about picking up a hitchhiker, who hailed from the sisters’ home state of New York, and possibility working together on a business venture.

His girlfriend told Bailey that she and her sister “had come to a truce.” Then, Bailey saw wine bottles and a six-pack of beer the twins had purchased.

“It was hard for me to believe (Anastasia Duval’s) words,” he said.

Frustrated, he walked away from them to compose himself. Five or 10 minutes later, the sisters left the campsite again without him.

He would never see Anastasia Duval alive again.

It is his belief that the SUV crash was not accidental. He said he has gone to the police with his claims.

“Her behavior was odd,” he said of his girlfriend. “The day before I could tell something was seriously bothering her because her hand was shaking nervously and normally she is very confident and never shakes. . . . When I tried asking her what was wrong, she blew up on me and made me feel stupid for asking her what was wrong.”

Going over Anastasia Duval’s journals, Bailey said she had been asking for help and protection from her sister.

“I feel bad,” he said. “Someone very close to me died on my watch. . . . For me not to say nothing now that it happened, only makes me feel worse.”

He met Anastasia Duval on a Sunday in April at Baldwin Beach Park in Paia. A church group had a gathering at the park, and the two stumbled upon the gathering separately.

Bailey, who has lived on the island for two years and works in the restaurant industry, said that a book Anastasia Duval was carrying caught his interest, and the two began talking and spent the rest of the day together.

“We got along amazingly well,” Bailey said. “She was a fun person to be around. She loved to exercise. We would exercise daily.”

The two would run 3 miles a day, go sightseeing and swim. They also would read books together.

“Our relationship was really great,” Bailey said. “It was really amazing. I felt I met a sweet and special person.”

Bailey, Anastasia and Alexandria Duval and Lonnie Dickerson, Alexandria’s boyfriend and the registered owner of the SUV that went over the cliff, lived in a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Haiku, he said.

“We really didn’t talk about the past too much,” Bailey said. The sisters did say they came to Maui on a religious quest.

They were not interested in opening a yoga studio on Maui, he said, but they were interested in doing a T-shirt line called “Spirit Water” and a hat line.

Everyone in the Haiku home worked for a company doing tours to Hana, Bailey said.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.

* Chris Sugidono can be reached at csugidono@mauinews.com