Woman charged after livestreaming sister's death online
A CALIFORNIA woman is being held on a $300,000 bail after she livestreamed the death of her little sister while driving under the influence.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was livestreaming herself on Instagram while driving when she began to veer to the left, overcorrected, panicked and flipped her car.
The car rolled off the road into a barbed wire fence, ejecting her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline and another 14-year old from the back seat.
In a phone interview from jail with NBC Fresno affiliate KSEE Sanchez said, "…I look in the back seat and there's nobody in the back seat, and that's when I started freaking out."
Sanchez turned on livestream when she removed herself from the wreck and filmed the discovery of her little sister's dead body who she called her "mini me", in the grass only a few metres from the car.
She continued to film her deceased sister's face and can be heard yelling, "Baby! Wake up baby!"
When she couldn't find her sisters pulse she knew she was gone.
The other teenager in the back seat sustained injuries but they are not life-threatening.
In the interview Sanchez said, "I didn't even know I looked like a monster - like, I look like a freaking horrible monster. That was not my intention at all."
The livestream also recorded Sanchez's 911 call and the moments that followed the gruesome discovery.
"I f***ing killed my sister, OK? I know I'm going to jail for life," Sanchez said in the video. "This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? I don't f***ing care though, I'm going to hold it down. Rest in peace, sweetie. If you don't survive, I am so f***ing sorry."
Sanchez admitted she often livestreams on Instagram and Twitter but has never had an accident before.
Though the 18-year-old hasn't directly defended the livestreaming she has claimed that many people in her generation do it.
"Everybody does it. Everybody does. They take Snapchats. Everybody does it. Why not? People take video of them in cars like all the time. And I'm only 18 - we're still young."
Sanchez has been charged with drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter and is currently awaiting the verdict of the charges she has pled not-guilty to.