Parents say teen didn't mean to kill sister

Muriel Hammond
July 28, 2017

A California teen who live-streamed her alleged drunken crash in a field last week, which killed her little sister and injured another passenger, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

Obdulia Sanchez has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash. She was arraigned via teleconference Wednesday where a court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf, as ABC 7 reports.

A teenage driver lost control of her vehicle while she was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash that authorities say killed her younger sister in California. Seja says she and 14-year-old Jacquelin Sanchez dated for seven months.

The teenager accused of driving under the influence and live-streaming the auto accident that killed her sister was set to appear in court Wednesday. I understand that. This is the last thing I wanted to happen- okay. "Rest in peace, sweetie", she said during the stream. "If you don't survive, I am so f-cking sorry". They know Lula was the only one wearing a seatbelt during the deadly crash. At the time, she was 14 and driving without a license.

The teenagers' father, Nicandro Sanchez, told Fresno television station KFSN he has seen the video and that he believes the crash was an accident.

Her defense attorney has requested all the information on the case, including medical records and the 911 call made by Sanchez. Manuela Seja was in the back seat with her friend, Jacquelin Sanchez. "She feels bad for herself, but she killed her own sister".


The video is so disturbing, it's reportedly been pulled from social media sites, but it still managed to be shown widely across the internet. That's what life is now, " Seja said. It remained unclear whether she had an attorney at this point.

Sanchez reportedly lost control of the auto and then attempted to overcorrect when the vehicle struck a fence and flipped over, officials from the California Highway Patrol told KTXL-TV.

A mother and father in California are reeling from the worst kind of tragedy imaginable right now: a vehicle accident that left one of their teenage daughters dead and the other in jail on suspicion of drunk driving and manslaughter.

"Jacqueline, please wake up", Sanchez said in the video.

"I mean no disrespect to their family for posting it", she said. "I know I'm going to jail for life". The driver was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash.

Sanchez remains in custody at the John Latorraca Correctional Center on $560,000 bond, according to jail records. Loved ones started a GoFundMe page for Jacqueline's funeral expenses. He cautioned against a rush to judgment based on the video footage from the incident that she posted online, and he stressed that it was early in the process as he continues to gather information about what happened. "She was just amusing".

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