After A Deadly Crash, The Teenage Driver Decided To Livestream The Aftermath
Last week, Obdulia Sanchez, an 18-year-old from Stockton, Calif., was driving her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez, and her sister’s friend, Manuela Seja (also 14), when, according to NBC News, she veered to the shoulder of the road and crashed. The car flipped over, fatally injuring Sanchez’s sister and severely injuring Seja’s leg. According to the Associated Press, the two 14-year-olds were not wearing seatbelts.
CREDIT: Still of Obdulia Sanchez’s pre-accident livestream on Instagram
Obdulia Sanchez’s first instinct after the crash was to livestream the aftermath on Instagram. According to a video saved by Mary Hernandez, one of Sanchez’s Instagram followers, the teenager could be heard saying: “I f—–g killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life. This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? I don’t f—–g care though, I’m going to hold it down. Rest in peace, sweetie. If you don’t survive, I am so f—–g sorry.”
One of Sanchez’s cousins told NBC News that Jacqueline was supposed to celebrate her quinceañera that Sunday.
Despite sustaining a serious injury to her leg, the other survivor, Manuela Seja told KSEE News that she didn’t blame Obdulia Sanchez: “Honestly, I’m not mad at anybody and I don’t blame anybody.”
CREDIT: Still of Obdulia Sanchez’s post-accident livestream on Instagram
Family members told KFSN News that Sanchez was on Instagram live before, during and after the crash.
Mary Hernandez, who shared the video, told KFSN News that at first, she didn’t believe the footage was real. “I recorded it and posted it mainly because, as someone who uses Snapchat, I see a lot of people driving with their Snapchats doing what she was doing, so to me it was like an eye opener,” she explained. Hernandez told NBC News she hoped the video could be an example of what not to do in that situation: “I hope that this video makes people think twice about what they’re doing in their car.”
CREDIT: Merced County Sheriff’s Office
A spokesperson for Instagram told NBC News that they were “deeply saddened” by the accident, adding: “We urge people to use our reporting tools if they see any content or behavior that puts anyone’s safety at risk. We want to interrupt these streams as quickly as possible when they’re reported to us, and we will also notify law enforcement if we see a threat that requires an immediate response.”
Sanchez, who Sheriffs believe was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. According to NBC News, she is being held on $300,000 bail at the John Latoracca Correctional Facility in Merced, Calif.