A teenager who killed her sister while live-streaming a car crash has been sentenced to prison.
Obdulia Sanchez, from Stockton, California, was sentenced to six years and four months on Thursday for gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment after the crash killed her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez and injured 15-year-old Manuela Seja in July 2017.
In a statement she described letting her family down.
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.
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.
If Obdulia behaves herself she could be eligible for release on Sept 21, 2020. The DA had sought the maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment, the Mecred Sun-Star.
On July 21, Obdulia made a two-and-a-half hour drive form Stockton to Resno, California, in a 2003 Buick Century to pick up Jacqueline’s girlfriend Manuela after the two had promised to see each other every weekend, reports People.
While driving on the highway in Los Banos, California, an hour northwest of Fresno, she lost control of the car, crashing through a barbed wire fence and into a field, flipping over and ejecting her two passengers who weren’t wearing seatbelts.
Obdulia had both live-streamed the journey before and after the crash.
She was show next to Jacqueline’s body yelling:
I f***ing killed my sister, okay. I know I’m going to jail for alright. I understand that. This is the last thing I wanted to happen.
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In her first interview from jail, Obdulia told local tv station KGPE:
I didn’t even know I looked like a monster — like I look like a freaking horrible monster. That was not my intention at all.
We were perfectly freaking fine. Then next thing I know, we started going left. We started going left, then I started to stop the car. Then we flipped over. And then I look in the back seat and there’s nobody in the back seat, and that’s when I started freaking out.
Describing her sister, she said:
She’s like my mini-me. She looked just like me. Anytime I look at her, it’s like I’m looking at myself. It makes me really sad that she’s gone.
Manuela suffered trauma to her leg in the crash.