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Driver charged with murder, attempted murder in Aldi hit-and-run

"The collision was no accident," Matthews Police Department Chief Clark A. Pennington said Friday.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — The driver accused of killing a woman with her car Monday outside a Matthews grocery store is also being charged with trying to run down four others, the Matthews Police Department announced Friday.

"The collision was no accident," Matthews Police Department Chief Clark Pennington said Friday.

Sawan Alshabani, 54, of Charlotte, is accused of striking 79-year-old Vira Hryhorniva Nahorna Monday outside the Aldi on West John Street. Nahorna died of her injuries at the hospital later Monday.

Alshabani is being charged with one count of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. 

The other four individuals were not hurt, police said.

"This was random and isolated," Chief Pennington said. "There is no known connection between Alshabani and any of the victims."

According to officials, Nahorna was hit in the parking lot as she was putting groceries away in the back of her car. Nahorna and her husband had just left the store.  

Nahorna's son and daughter spoke to NBC Charlotte. They said their father is taking it especially hard since he was with Nahorna when the accident happened.  

Alshabani left the scene and called police about an hour later, authorities said. Since then, she has been held under mdeical evaluation and will be formally  charged and transported to the Mecklenburg  County Jail upon her medical release.

Charges were not immediately filed after the incident Monday.

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