A California teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her auto while livestreaming on Instagram and recording a crash that killed her younger sister. Obdulia Sanchez, 18, remains in the Merced County Jail facing several criminal charges including DUI.
The live Instagram recording shows Obdulia Sanchez next to a dead crash victim.
Jacqueline, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle through the back window; the other 14-year-old passenger survived but sustained serious injuries.
The driver, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, is accused of driving under the influence when she crashed on July 21 in Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said. "At first we didn't even want to believe it was real", she said. "I'm sorry baby. I'ma hold it down".
Manuela Seja, who was ejected from the auto and survived, also faulted social media for the crash that killed her girlfriend. CHP investigators obtained a warrant for a blood test, which they said revealed a.106 blood alcohol content about 90 minutes after the crash. He said using a cellphone while driving is a traffic infraction, and that prosecutors must prove that she was intoxicated.
The teenagers' father, Nicandro Sanchez, told Fresno television station KFSN he has seen the video and that he believes the crash was an accident. The video then recorded the vehicle crashing. Her parents, however, told the television station Jacqueline was going to be confirmed in a Catholic church. Hernandez said she knew about Obdulia Sanchez through social media, but they never met in person.
"She feels completely responsible and she said that over and over in the video", he said. Speaking through her court-appointed attorney, Ramnik Samrao, Sanchez pleaded not guilty to all charges.
One officer said, "I think when people have been drinking and they're under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of the two, they may do things they won't normally do, like maybe getting on that phone when they know better". Mary Hernandez of Stockton recorded the live stream. Because she knows, and that's what I feel.
The California Highway Patrol says Sanchez was driving the vehicle when it veered onto the right shoulder of a road about 120 miles southeast of San Francisco. Family members say Jacqueline was supposed to celebrate her quinceanera on Sunday.
A GoFundMe has been set up to pay for Jacqueline's funeral expenses here. And judging by how quickly the video of this horrific crash went viral, it doesn't appear much has changed to prevent tragedies from being broadcast to and shared among an audience. She was just amusing and she would be amusing.