Obdulia Sanchez, an 18-year old girl, who lost the control of her vehicle while live streaming the driving on Instagram and caused the death of her younger sister, has pleaded not guilty. The 18-year old, who was seen using expletives, to describe the death of her sister faces multiple charges.
The video, clearly showing the sequence of events during and immediately after the crash, was live streamed on Instagram. It was later saved by a woman who was watching it live and then shared on different social media outlets.
The video clip was watched by millions and millions of people across the world. While there was an outpouring of support and empathy for the 14-year old girl, people demanded that the 18-year old driver should be handed out the harshest punishment.
In the meantime, a California judge has reportedly refused to lower Obdulia Sanchez’s bail, as the teen sobbed in a yellow jail garb in court Friday. The teen reportedly pleaded not guilty to six felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving resulting in injuries. Merced County Superior Court Judge David Moranda said her probation officers’ recommended her bail remain at $560,000.
The family, that has been completely devastated by the crash that took the life of one of its daughters and left another daughter in prison, has said that it is not overly angry with Obdulia. Another occupant of the car, who was a friend of the younger sibling has said that she doesn’t hold Obdulia responsible for the crash or the death.
On the other hand, Obdulia Sanchez father Nicandro Sanchez has called the incident “an accident”. While talking to KFSN the grief stricken father whose one daughter is dead, while another one is behind bars said he has seen the video. “It’s an accident…It happened that way. Who knows why”, the senior Sanchez is reported to have told the television station. The aggrieved father told the television station, “What I think, she knows she’s done something wrong. Because she knows, and that’s what I feel. She feels bad, but she still killed her own sister”.
The teen has been arrested and sent to the Merced County Jail on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according. Officials claim that the teen was driving a 2003 Buick this past Friday when the car veered onto the shoulder of a road northwest of Fresno. The panicked girl overcorrected, causing the car to swerve across lanes, barrel into a wire fence and overturn into a field.