California’s Obdulia Sanchez, 18, live-streams death of her teen sister Jacqueline on Instagram after crash; she is arrested.
People are always advised not to drive in drunken state and avoid mobile phones. Those who don’t give a hoot to advice pay a heavy price. The July 21 story of 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez, a resident of Stockton, California, who has been arrested and put in the Merced County Jail, should be an eye-opener for those who flout traffic rules with impunity.
Reports have surfaced that how two actions, drunk driving and live streaming the journey on Instagram, by a teen led to a fatal crash in which Obdulia Sanchez’ sister Jacqueline Sanchez died and another 14-year-old girl who was sitting in the backseat not wearing belt sustained life-threatening injuries, according to an official of California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Confirming the accident, the CHP said Obdulia Sanchez was at the driver’s seat when her vehicle veered onto the right shoulder of a road about 120 miles southeast of San Francisco around 6:40 pm. ABC 30 reported quoting police that “Sanchez was under the influence when she rolled her car over, into a barbed wire fence and then a field.”
Jacqueline Sanchez was to celebrate her 15th birthday on Sunday.
It is yet to be ascertained whether the live-streaming on mobile phone distracted Obdulia Sanchez’ attention as, according to several reports emanating from the US, point that the Buick she was driving swerved across lanes and before crashing in a field going upside down.
In the process, the other girls were ejected with one losing her life.
The video of the incident later on was parked on the Facebook by one Mary Hernandez who had pulled out a copy from Instagram where after 24 hours videos disappear. About nineteen hours after the incident, the video was put on the social media and went viral getting 700,000 views before it was taken down by Facebook.
“So many people kept saying ‘What video? I wanna see it,'” so she posted the recording on her Facebook page because she “couldn’t believe it was real. At first I was skeptical but the more people reached out to me, then her cousin confirmed it was her. It’s just so insane to believe that happened to girls from my city. It is for sure an eye-opener. I see people on their phones on social media all the time,” she said.
The video no doubt has left many on the social media shocked and some even commented on the danger of technology and many youngsters’ craze to video record their activities while doing it. “Social Media is eradicating decency from humanity,” wrote one netizen.
“I hope that this video makes people think twice about what they’re doing in their car,” Hernandez told NBC News over the phone.
The video was disturbing as after the accident, Obdulia Sanchez could be seen shaking her sister’s lifeless body. “I killed my sister, but I don’t care…I killed my sister. I know I’m going to prison, but I don’t care. I’m sorry baby,” she said.
Obdulia Sanchez survived the accident receiving minor injuries as she was wearing belt.
Image: MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF