A California woman who caused and livestreamed a drunk driving crash that killed her sister has been released on parole.
Obdulia Sanchez was sentenced to more than six years in prison for causing the 2017 crash that took the life of her 14-year-old sibling Jacqueline Sanchez. She pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment last year and was sentenced to six years and four months in prison.
She was released on Sept. 21 after serving 26 months of that sentence because of good behavior behind bars, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson Ike Dodson told the Merced Sun-Star.
“Sanchez received milestone credits for successful completion of approved rehabilitative or educational programs,” he told the Sun-Star, adding that she has been approved for the state’s Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program, which means she’ll still be serving her sentence, but in her community in a monitored way.
Sanchez, of Stockton, was 18 when she caused the crash that killed her sister. She was livestreaming herself driving while intoxicated — her blood alcohol content was at 0.106 — and singing along to music. At one point, she took her hands off the wheel. The video turned blurry when the car crashed into a field not far from a highway near Los Banos. The car rolled over and hit a barbed-wire fence. The sound of metal scratching could be heard in the livestream.
After the one-car collision, Sanchez kept on livestreaming. She recorded herself beside her dead sister.
"Jacqueline, please wake up. I f------ killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life,” the then-teen said in the video. "I love my sister … this is the last thing I thought was going to happen to us. I killed my sister, but I don't care. I'm sorry baby. I'm a hold it down."
Another 14-year-old passenger in the car, who did survive and required multiple stitches on her leg, can be seen waving at cars for help while Sanchez livestreamed the grisly aftermath.
Immediately following the crash, Sanchez said in a letter she sent to local outlet KPGE-TV that she kept on filming because she thought it would help finance her sister’s funeral.
Before her sentencing last year, Sanchez told the courtroom, “I feel like such an idiot. Why did God choose me to be the older sister? I can’t even do my job right,” the Merced Sun-Star reported.
She said the crash kept on replaying in her head and that she felt like her mother hated her because of her actions.
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