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California teen who live streamed car crash that killed younger sister pleads not guilty

July 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
California teen who live streamed car crash that killed younger sister pleads not guilty

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Obdulia Sanchez, the 18-year-old California teenager who live streamed the fatal car crash that killed her younger sister last week, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving on Wednesday.

Sanchez sat emotionless wearing yellow prison garb, as entered her not guilty plea to all six counts in Merced County Superior Court, via a remote camera.

She responded a “little bit” when asked by the judge if she understood the charges she’s facing, ABC30 reported.

Following the court proceeding, public defender Ramnik Samrao, who represents the teen, said Sanchez believes she was responsible for her sister’s death.

“Anybody can say very easily that she is responsible for the death. She believes that too. She said multiple times, ’I killed my sister, I killed my sister,’ here’s no doubt about that, but whether there was a crime committed, that’s a separate story,” Samrao said outside court.

Sanchez sat emotionless as the court read her charges.

She remains in custody after the judge set bond at $560,000.

Obdulia Sanchez was driving the car on Friday when it swerved onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Fresno.

Police officials said she over-corrected, which caused the car to swerve and overturn into a field, ejecting and killing her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez.

Prosecutors say the video, which includes images of her dancing to music while driving and taking her hands from the steering wheel, would be presented as a key piece of evidence in the case.

Merced County Chief Deputy District Attorney Harold Nutt had labeled her behavior “disturbing and shocking,” in a statement.

“It reflects some depravity and some stupidity and that sort of thing. It’s shocking behavior, no question about it,” Nutt said outside court.

Sanchez had a blood alcohol content was 0.10. In California, way over the .01 percent blood alcohol content, which is illegal for those under 21, said Jessica Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Gonzalez said the teen had a prior conviction in 2015 for reckless driving and driving without a license when she was 14.

Following a gap in the live stream of the crash, she is seen leaning over her sister’s lifeless body, saying she was sorry.

Sanchez remains in custody on $500,000 bond

Sanchez stated in the video that she expects to “spend the rest of her life in prison but doesn’t care.”

“This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? … Rest in peace, sweetie, If you don’t survive, I’m so (expletive) sorry,” she says.

The crash left 14-year-old Manuela Seja with a serious a leg injury.

The six counts against Sanchez also include drunken driving resulting in injuries.

If convicted, Obdulia Sanchez could spend more than 13 years in state prison.

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