A California teen who live-streamed her alleged DUI crash last week, which killed her little sister and injured her sister’s girlfriend, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.
Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was charged with multiple felonies in a wreck Friday, which killed 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez. She potentially faces over 13 years in prison if convicted. Charges against her include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence resulting in injury and two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent causing injury, according to PEOPLE.
Her defense attorney, Ramnik Samrao, told PEOPLE that Obdulia feels “morally responsible” for the crash. The teen also “feels absolutely terrible,” Samrao told reporters after the court appearance, according to the Los Angeles Times. He questioned if a crime was committed.
“The main thing that I want people to know is that — most people have seen this video and they just have this reaction on the kind of person she is based on this little clip into her life when they don’t know anything about her,” Samrao said.
He added that she is dealing with the tragedy in the best way she knows how. He said that there is reason to believe that Obdulia called 911 and tried to flag down cars for help. In the video, 14-year-old Manuela Seja, who was injured in the crash, can be seen waving at cars for help. Immediately after the crash, in which the car rolled over and hit a barb wire fence according to the Daily Mail, Obdulia shot an Instagram video, stating, “Hey, everybody, if I go to f—— jail for life, you already know why.”
Next to her, was her sister’s bloody body.
“My sister is f—— dying. Look, I f—— love my sister to death. I don’t give a f—. Man, we about to die. This is the last thing I wanted to happen to us, but it just did.”
She then begs her sister to wake up.
In a statement, Merced’s Chief Deputy District Attorney Harold Nutt said, “The behavior demonstrated both prior to and after the incident, as documented by the defendant’s own recording, is disturbing and shocking.”
He claimed that Obdulia’s blood-alcohol level during the crash was allegedly .10 and said her Instagram video showed “some depravity and some stupidity,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
[Photo: Merced County Jail and LiveLeak]