California teen who killed sister in car crash while livestreaming is released early from prison on 'good behavior'

Obdulia Sanchez, who was 18 years old when her 14-year-old sister Jaqueline died in the crash while she was driving has been released on parole after serving 26 months in prison.


                            California teen who killed sister in car crash while livestreaming is released early from prison on 'good behavior'
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A California teen whose sister died in a car crash after she was drunk driving and streaming live on Instagram has been released from prison. Obdulia Sanchez, who was 18 years old when her 14-year-old sister Jaqueline died in the crash in which she was driving has been released on parole after serving 26 months in prison. She was charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment. She was sentenced in February 2018. Her early release has been credited to good behavior, according to a spokesperson from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, reported the Merced Sun-Star.

FILE - In this July 28, 2017 file photo, Obdulia Sanchez appears in a Los Banos, Calif., branch of the Merced County Superior Court with her public defender, Ramnik Samrao, left. Sanchez, convicted of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister, has been released on parole after serving 26 months in prison. Sanchez was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment. She was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. (AP Photo/Scott Smith, File)

 

The incident took place in Los Banos in Merced County, near San Francisco on July 21, 2017. While driving the car with her sister and her sister's girlfriend Manuela Seja, Sanchez was livestreaming on Instagram, footage of whic shows her hands off the steering wheel at one point. According to a report in the Associated Press, the car she was driving "veered onto the shoulder of a road" and in an attempt to bring it back on track she lost control of the car and crashed it. Seja, who was 15 at the time was also injured. 

 

Approximately 90 minutes before the crash her blood alcohol level was reportedly 0.106. After the crash, she is said to have started the livestream again reportedly saying, "'Everybody, if I go to ... jail for life you already know why." Meanwhile, Seja was seen searching for help. "My sister is … dying. Look ... I ... love my sister to death. Jacqueline, please wake up.  I f**king love my sister to death. I don't give a f**k. We about to die. This is the last thing I wanted to happen to us but it just did," she said. 

Urging her dead sister to wake up she added that she killed her sister but didn't care and that she was sorry. "Imma hold it down. Rest in peace, sweetie. If you don't survive, I'm so f**king sorry," she said. Sanchez later said that the reason she did the livestream was to raise money for her funeral, saying that the family couldn't afford it. "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," she reportedly wrote in a letter according to KPGE.

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