The 18-year-old who drove drunk while live-streaming a car crash that killed her younger sister has been sentenced to prison.
On Thursday, Obdulia Sanchez was sentenced to six years and four months in the slammer for gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and child endangerment for the accident that killed her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline and injured another 15-year-old girl in July 2017.
The Merced Sun Star reports that before Merced County Visiting Judge Ronald Hansen handed down her sentence, Obdulia read an emotional statement in which she expressed grave remorse.
She said in Merced County Superior Court:
“I feel like such an idiot. Why did God choose me to be the older sister? I can’t even do my job right. I had so much potential, but I threw it all away because I wanted to look cool and drive carelessly.”
She added, while breaking down in tears:
“When I look at my mom’s face, I know she hates me. I would hate myself too. I’m such a disappointment to my parents.”
On July 21, Obdulia offered to make the two-and-a-half hour drive from Stockton to Fresno, California, as her sister had promised girlfriend Manuela Seja they would see each other every weekend.
After picking Manuela up, Obdulia was en route back home on the highway in Los Banos when she somehow lost control of the car. When the Buick she was driving veered onto the shoulder, Obdulia overcorrected and swerved back across the road, blowing through a barbed wire fence into a field and flipping over.
The two passengers, who weren’t wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the car, authorities said. Jacqueline died after being thrown from the car and Manuela suffered damage to her leg.
Following the crash, Obdulia — whose blood samples after the crash reportedly tested positive for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine — apparently resumed live streaming a video of her sister’s bloodied body, yelling into the camera:
“I fucking killed my sister, okay. I know I’m going to jail for life alright. I understand that. This is the last thing I wanted to happen.”
The Stockton, California native was detained at the scene due to being belligerent over the death of her sister, reportedly kicking and spitting at medics and police as they responded.
Defending attorney Ramnik Samrao attributed Obdulia’s addiction to drugs and alcohol to her being sexually abused and abducted as a young teenager. Her abuser, the attorney argued, assaulted Obdulia and forced her to use use methamphetamine and alcohol, which was the start of her addictions.
With good behavior in prison and the time she already has spent behind bars, Obdulia could be eligible for release on Sept. 21, 2020.
[Image via Merced County Sheriff’s Office.]