Young woman accused of live streaming crash that killed sister appears in court

Young woman accused of live streaming crash that killed sister appears in court

LOS BANOS, Calif. - The young woman who live streamed the crash that killed her sister is now waiting to see if she'll go to trial.

Obdulia Sanchez is facing gross vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving charges. 

Obdulia Sanchez wiped away tears as the court showed the video she live streamed to Instagram on July 21st. It shows her singing and recording video on her cell phone before veering off the road on Highway 165 and Henry Miller Road near Los Banos. Her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline, and a friend were thrown from the back seat. Jacqueline died.

"It's hard for us. Very hard for us," said Obdulia Sanchez's father, Nicandro Sanchez. "We lost our daughter."

Sanchez's parents were in court but didn't show much emotion while watching the video. Still, Obdulia's lawyer Ramnik Samrao said Obdulia felt awful. 

"I know specifically she was mentioning to me right now, she felt so bad for her parents having to see the video and not only that but having to see her own actions as to what actually happened," said Samrao.

A CHP officer testified Sanchez was out of control on the day of the crash and used racial slurs toward officers. In a phone interview from jail last month, Sanchez acknowledged how she acted.

"Honestly, I didn't even know I look like a monster," said Obdulia Sanchez. "I look like a freakin horrible monster."

The CHP officer testified he could smell alcohol on Obdulia's breath. She went to the hospital and had a blood draw. But, an alleged mistake in the officer's report on which nurse actually drew the blood could pose a problem for the prosecution.

"Well, I was shocked because I mean if they got the wrong blood then it's impossible for them to say she's under the influence. One of the things I pointed out at today's hearing is that the first two LBPD officers didn't notice any signs of intoxication," said Samrao.

The preliminary hearing was continued for September 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Sanchez faces anywhere between 10 and 11 years behind bars. 


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