Teen who streamed auto crash gets 6 years in prison

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2018

Obdulia Sanchez, a California teenager convicted of livestreaming her sister's death after a vehicle accident, has received a six-year- and four-month prison sentence on Thursday (8 February).

Instagram video of the July 2017 showed Sanchez losing control of her 2003 Buick while driving drunk and crashing as her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, and another 14-year-old girl sat in the back seat.

California Highway Patrol investigators concluded that Sanchez lost control of her 2003 Buick when it skidded off the road, and the auto went into a violent turn after she overcorrected, sending the vehicle crashing into a barbed-wire fence and coming to a stop upside down in a field outside Los Banos. "If she was here in this courtroom, I would like to say I'm sorry, and that if I could take your place, I really would", Sanchez said.

Sanchez then proceeded to livestream the accident as her sister, who died at the scene, laid on the ground with a bloodied face.

Sanchez, of Stockton, Calif., had pleaded no contest to the charges last month, the paper reported. I know I'm going to jail for life alright.

Her blood samples also tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. Ejected and killed was her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline.

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Jacqueline was about to celebrate her quincenera - the Hispanic tradition of honoring someone's coming of age at 15-years-old. "I understand that. I don't care".

Sanchez could be eligible for release as early as September 21, 2020 with time she has already spent in jail and good behavior in prison.

"I fucking killed my sister, okay". Look. I. love my sister to death. My negligence killed my sister. "I'm sorry, baby. I'm gonna hold it down", she said in the video.

Between time that Sanchez has already served, if she exhibits good behavior she could be released as early as September 2020.

"I feel like such an idiot", Obdulia said expressing remorse for the crash, according to the Merced Sun-Star. Two years later, she was abducted by a 46-year-old man, who sexually assaulted her and forced her to use methamphetamine and alcohol, which was the start of Sanchez's addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Sanchez was criticized not just for her actions, but for continuing to record the aftermath of the accident, when she recognized that her sister was dying. "Never Jackie, and never Manuela", said Sanchez.

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