A California teenager accused of driving while livestreaming on social media and causing a car crash that killed her sister made her first appearance in court today, and her attorney later told reporters that she is “absolutely broken apart.”
The driver, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, is accused of driving under the influence when she crashed on July 21 in Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said. The car went through a barbed wire fence and overturned in a field, ejecting Sanchez’s two passengers, the highway patrol said.
The passengers were both 14 years old and were not wearing seat belts; one was killed and the other suffered a major injury, the highway patrol said.
Her defense attorney entered not guilty pleas on her behalf in court this afternoon. Her bail was set at $560,000 and a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 9.
ABC-owned station KFSN in Fresno reported that Sanchez was livestreaming video on Instagram when the crash occurred. In the video, she is seen singing and dancing along to music as she drives.
According to KFSN, Sanchez says in a video following the crash, “I ——- killed my sister. I know I’m going to jail for life. … I don’t ——- care at all.”
Chuck Mosley, commander of the highway patrol in Los Banos, confirmed the authenticity of the video obtained by KFSN and told ABC News, “We do know she was livestreaming via social media at the time of the collision.”
The highway patrol said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Sanchez, who was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail, was officially charged today with one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; an alternative count of gross vehicular manslaughter; two counts of driving under the influence resulting in injury; and two counts of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury, with great bodily injury allegations for all four vehicle code…