Suspect in deadly livestreaming crash: ‘I wish I could have taken her place’


The young driver who live streamed the crash that killed her sister wrote a letter to an Eyewitness News reporter. 

Obdulia Sanchez, 18, is accused of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter from the July 21st crash.

Sanchez was driving, live streaming and singing in the moments before a deadly crash near Los Banos that killed her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline. Jacqueline was in the back seat with her friend who survived.

From jail, Sanchez wrote a four page, double sided letter explaining her version of why she continued to live stream to Instagram after the crash showing her sister’s dead body.

She wrote, “I made that video because I knew I had more than 5,000 followers. It was the only way my sister would get a decent burial. I would never expose my sister like that. I anticipated the public donating money because my family isn’t rich.”

In fact, Sanchez’s lawyer said the family raised more than $12,000 for Jacqueline’s burial.

Sanchez goes on to say, “Sorry for making that video. I look awful but I accomplished my goal.”

In a phone interview from jail last week, Sanchez admitted she’s live streamed while driving many times.

“We do it all the time. All the time,” said Sanchez. “Trust me, it’s like a reflex. Like, I haven’t crashed – you know?”

Sanchez said her livestream was interrupted while she called 911 for help — twice.

In the letter, Sanchez said she loved her sister “Jacki” and did not want her to die. She said she wishes she could have taken her place.

Sanchez goes on to say she wants to dedicate a music album to her sister, which includes a remix of a song she hopes would raise awareness about texting and driving. 

She also plans to visit schools to share her story and the dangers of drinking and driving.

Sanchez said she also wants to open a boxing gym with her dad and start a clothing line. 

She also wants to put up a statue of her sister at a local park in Stockton where her family lives.

“If I would’ve known that was going to happen that day, I would’ve never left the house, ever,” she said.

Sanchez remains in jail, but in the letter said, “I know I deserve to go home. I want to visit [Jacqueline’s] gravestone every day.”

Sanchez’s court appointed lawyer, Ramnik Samrao said Sanchez is very remorseful and he has seen her break down and cry five times. Samrao said experts examined Sanchez’s vehicle this past week, and are looking into whether a blowout caused the crash.

Sanchez is due in court Friday August 25. If convicted, she faces 13 years in prison, according to Samrao.

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