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Eighteen-year-old Obdulia Sanchez horrified people when she livestreamed the car accident that killed her younger sister, Jacqueline, and injured another 14-year-old’s leg. The two were thrown from the vehicle when Sanchez lost control of her car while she had her phone streaming on Instagram Live.
Sanchez was under the influence of alcohol during the crash that rolled the car over before it smashed into a barbed wire fence in July of 2017, as previously reported by Dearly.Screenshot/KSEE
Enraged viewers watched as the teen pointed the camera at Jacqueline’s dead body and heartlessly told a 911 operator:
“I f——-g killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life. This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? I don’t f——-g care though, I’m going to hold it down. Rest in peace, sweetie. If you don’t survive, I am so f——-g sorry.”
Dearly previously reported the California teen admitted driving around while livestreaming was nothing new to her, saying, “We do it all the time.”
Sanchez was put behind bars after the accident. She pleaded not guilty to drunken driving and gross vehicular manslaughter for her sister’s death. She said:
“I didn’t even know I looked like a monster— like I look like a freaking horrible monster. That was not my intention at all.”
Sanchez wrote a four-page letter to KGPE following her arrest to explain why she kept the camera rolling after the crash:
I made that video because I knew I had more than 5,000 followers. It was the only way my sister would get a decent burial. I would never expose my sister like that. I anticipated the public donating money because my family isn’t rich.
Her lawyer said her camera “trick” worked. The family raised over $12,000 for Jacqueline’s burial.
Sorry for making that video. I look awful but I accomplished my goal.
But explaining her motives didn’t let the teen escape prison time. KPGE reports Sanchez was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. Her defense attorney, Ramnik Samrao, explained, “Count one was the most serious charge, it was gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.” Sanchez received two more years for there being multiple victims. She was also found guilty of child endangerment.
Samrao said the 18-year-old driver might be out of prison in 2020 thanks to California’s Proposition 57, which allows the early release of nonviolent felons.
Thomas Min, the Merced County deputy district attorney, believed Sanchez should have been hit with the maximum 12-year sentence for her sister’s death:
“She had just killed her sister but didn’t care, if there was any case that deserved the max this was it.”
Sanchez apologized to her dead sister and her parents in court and said, “I’m just tired of hurting the people I love.”