Local investigators are confirming that a Saudi woman ‘intentionally’ tried to hit five people at a North Carolina Aldi store parking lot in Matthews, North Carolina. One 79-year-old woman was killed, and at least four other people, including a child, were run down by the driver before she fled the scene.
According to the Charlotte Observer, investigators identified the suspect as 54-year-old Sawan Alshabani of Matthews, who turned herself in to police an hour after hitting the woman.
“The driver of the vehicle initially left the scene and contacted Matthews Police Department Communications a short time later to meet with officers.”
She is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Vira Hryhorniva Nahorna.
“As a result of numerous statements and after evaluating the evidence, we can say with a level of certainty that the collision with Miss Nahorna was no accident. In fact, the suspect, in this case, not only intentionally struck Miss Nahorna but attempted to strike at least four other people in the parking lot.”
Sawan Alshabani remains in custody tonight without a bond on her first degree murder charges. She's accused of intentionally hitting and killing a 79-year-old with her car at an Aldi parking lot. Tonight at 5, how family members are remembering the victim. @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/iQIZXSDFcF
— Paige Pauroso (@PaigePauroso) October 22, 2019
Investigators believe “this was a random, isolated incident, and there has been no ongoing threat to our community.”