On Wednesday, a California teen pleaded not guilty to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she live-streamed on Instagram the car crash that killed her younger sister.
Obdulia Sanchez, 18, pleaded not guilty to all six counts and told the judge she only understood a “little bit” about the charges placed against her.
The judge set her bail at $560,000.
The horrific incident occurred Friday when Sanchez turned onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles northwest of Fresno. Officials claim she overcorrected, causing the vehicle to veer off the road and overturn into a field, thus, ejecting her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, from the back seat and killing her.
Prosecutors say the essential piece of evidence in the case will be the video that shows Obdulia dancing to music while driving and taking her hands off the steering wheel. In a statement, Merced County Chief Deputy District Attorney Harold Nutt called the behavior “disturbing and shocking.”
In California, .01 percent blood alcohol content is illegal for those under 21. Sanchez’s blood alcohol content was 0.10.
Nicandro Sanchez, the sisters’ father, said the accident has ruined his and his wife’s life and that Obdulia needs serious help.
Manuela Seja, 14, was also in the car at the time of the crash but only suffered a minor leg injury. She said she wasn’t upset at anyone and doesn’t blame the driver. Instead, Seja pointed the blame on social media, saying it has taken over people’s lives.
The six counts against Sanchez also include drunken driving resulting in injuries. Sanchez could spend more than 13 years in state prison if convicted of all charges.
Disturbing livestream of the car accident can be seen below:
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