Teen driver livestreams crash that killed sis­ter

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A teenage driver lost con­trol of her car while she was livestream­ing on In­sta­gram and recorded part of the crash that au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day killed her younger sis­ter in Cal­i­for­nia. Af­ter a gap in the livestream, the driver is seen lean­ing over the body of the girl, try­ing to shake her awake and say­ing she was sorry. She said she ex­pected to spend the rest of her life in prison but doesn’t care.

“This is the last thing I wanted to hap­pen, OK? ... Rest in peace, sweetie,” the teen says. “If you don’t sur­vive, I’m so (ex­ple­tive) sorry.” Au­thor­i­ties say Ob­du­lia Sanchez, 18, was driv­ing the car Fri­day when it veered onto the shoul­der of a road about 75 miles north­west of Fresno. She over­cor­rected, caus­ing the ve­hi­cle to sw­erve and over­turn into a field, eject­ing her sis­ter, the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol said.

Jac­que­line Sanchez, 14, of Stock­ton died in the crash, Merced County Sher­iff Vern Warnke said. An­other girl, also 14, was in the back­seat and sur­vived with a leg in­jury. The driver was wear­ing a seat­belt but not the two girls, the CHP said. The teenagers’ father, Ni­can­dro Sanchez, told Fresno tele­vi­sion sta­tion KFSN he has seen the video and that he be­lieves the crash was “an ac­ci­dent.”

“It’s an ac­ci­dent,” Ni­can­dro Sanchez said. “It hap­pened that way. Who knows why?” He said he hasn’t spo­ken to Ob­du­lia but he be­lieves she knowns she did some­thing wrong but doesn’t know what hap­pened. “What I think is she knows she’s done some­thing wrong. Be­cause she knows, and that’s what I feel. She feels bad for her­self, but she killed her own sis­ter,” he said. Ni­can­dro Sanchez said Ob­du­lia had a dif­fi­cult child­hood and grad­u­ated from high school last year. She was in the cus­tody of Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices the past two years, he added. Ob­du­lia Sanchez was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drunken driv­ing and ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter and re­mained in jail with bail set at $300,000. The livestream was recorded on In­sta­gram and posted on Face­book by some­one who had seen it. Stock­ton res­i­dent Mary Her­nan­dez said she saw the video there and re­posted it.

“Peo­ple need to know these things can hap­pen,” Her­nan­dez said, adding that she had got­ten a range of re­sponses from anger to grat­i­tude. “I mean no dis­re­spect to their fam­ily for post­ing it,” she said. Her­nan­dez said she knew about Ob­du­lia Sanchez through so­cial me­dia, but they never met in per­son. Rob Car­roll, a chief deputy in the Merced County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, said he had not yet seen the video. But he ex­pects it will be a key piece of ev­i­dence.

“Drink­ing, driv­ing and driv­ing er­rat­i­cally - ob­vi­ously those are poor choices,” Car­roll said. Rel­a­tives have set up a Go­FundMe page to pay for the fu­neral of Jac­que­line Sanchez. The page says she was plan­ning to cel­e­brate her 15th birth­day - known as a quincenera - on Sun­day. Her par­ents, how­ever, told the tele­vi­sion sta­tion Jac­que­line was go­ing to be con­firmed in a Catholic church. Nei­ther Ob­du­lia Sanchez nor an at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing her could be reached for com­ment. She is ex­pected to make her first court ap­pear­ance to­day.

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