Teen accused of livestreaming deadly vehicle crash set to appear in court

Posted July 27, 2017

Obdulia Sanchez, the 18-year-old Stockton woman accused of live-streaming a crash that killed her younger sister, spit at law enforcement at the scene of the crash and kicked an emergency responder in the face, according to reports from investigators obtained by the Merced Sun-Star.

During Obdulia Sanchez's first court appearance she sat emotionless as the court read her charges.

There were two more passengers in the auto.

In the backseat were Seja and Sanchez's 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, who was ejected from the auto and killed in the crash.

A California teen who was allegedly driving drunk when she livestreamed the auto accident that took the life of her younger sister was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies, including gross vehicular manslaughter. In the video, she is seen singing and dancing along to music as she drives.

Samrao told reporters outside the courtroom that although Sanchez admitted to killing her sister in the live video, it is unclear whether a crime was committed.

Sanchez was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

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Ramnik Samrao, Merced County's deputy public defender, said: "Certainly, anybody can say very easily that she's responsible for the death".

Sanchez's father, Nicandro Sanchez, said Obdulia has been in the custody of Child Protective Services for the last two years. "Because she knows, and that's what I feel". Prosecutors say Sanchez could spend more than 13 years in state prison if convicted of all the charges. "I'm just happy she made this", 14-year-old Manuela Seja said.

According to KFSN-TV, Sanchez says in a video following the crash, "I --- killed my sister".

Sanchez was previously convicted of reckless driving when she was 14-years-old and driving without a license, the California Department of Motor Vehicles told the Los Angeles Times. She feels bad but she still killed her own sister.

Instead, Manuela Seja blamed social media, which she said has taken over people's lives and is only going to become more prevalent, television station KSEE in Fresno reported Monday. This is the last thing I wanted to happen, okay? It's all affected by social media. "I F-ing killed my sister, okay", Obdulia yelled through the phone.

Manuela Seja, the teen who was with Obdulia and Jacqueline, has also spoken out, telling local media outlets that she doesn't "blame anybody" for the crash.

"Wake up baby, I'm f**king sorry baby", she says. Jacquelin can be seen and heard in the video saying that Obdulia was driving dangerously. The video then recorded the vehicle crashing. "It's important for people not to rush to judge her". "She was just amusing".