The California teenager identified as Obdulia Sanchez is being held in custody after she livestreamed her sister Jacqueline Sanchez’s death on Instagram after a car crash. The fatal car crash killed her 14-year-old sister and injured another teen.
Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was arrested and taken into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sanchez was driving the 2003 Buick when the vehicle veered onto the right shoulder of the road, according to the California Highway Patrol. Sanchez over-corrected, causing the vehicle to swerve across lanes, crash through a wire fence and overturn into a field.
The two 14-year-olds were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the car.
In a statement, the California Highway Patrol said it is aware of the possibility of “video evidence located on social media” and is investigating.
“I f—–g killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life,” Sanchez says in the video. “This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? I don’t f—–g care though, I’m going to hold it down. Rest in peace, sweetie. If you don’t survive, I am so f—–g sorry.”
Sergio Ramos Estrada, a cousin, said the teens were preparing for a Quinceañera — a special 15th-birthday celebration — when the accident happened.
Sanchez is currently being held on a $300,000 bond at the John Latoracca Correctional Facility in Merced.
It seems it is becoming more and more common to see people, mostly teens, recording themselves while driving.
Mary Hernandez, 25, was following Sanchez on Instagram when the accident happened.
“There are so many people that are on my Snapchat that I see driving on their phone,” Hernandez told NBC News over the phone. “I hope that this video makes people think twice about what they’re doing in their car.”
In an email to NBC News, an Instagram spokesperson said the platform is working to improve its live video feature.
“We’re deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the statement says. “We urge people to use our reporting tools if they see any content or behavior that puts anyone’s safety at risk. We want to interrupt these streams as quickly as possible when they’re reported to us, and we will also notify law enforcement if we see a threat that requires an immediate response. We suggest people contact emergency services if they become aware of a situation where the authorities can help.”
As long as social media gives the ability to livestream and websites like World Star Hip Hop glorify distasteful behavior, expect to continue to see death and violence on your stream.