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Teen driver accused of live-streaming fatal crash changes plea

Obdulia Sanchez, 18, pleaded no contest while in Merced Superior Court Tuesday for a trial setting conference. (Booking Photo: Merced County Sheriff's Office)

A teenage driver accused of driving drunk while live-streaming the crash that killed her younger sister has changed her plea.

Obdulia Sanchez, 18, pleaded no contest while in Merced Superior Court Tuesday for a trial setting conference.

Sanchez pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter with vessel while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter gross negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol with bodily injury, alcohol with bodily injury, and endanger child with possible great bodily injury.

Sanchez previously pleaded not guilty to six felonies, including gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving.

Sanchez was driving a car that veered onto the shoulder of the road on the outskirts of Los Banos in central California on July 21. Authorities said she overcorrected, causing the vehicle to swerve and overturn into a field, ejecting and killing her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline.

Prosecutors said Sanchez was live-streaming on Instagram while driving and that the video, which includes images of the 18-year-old taking her hands from the steering wheel, will be a key piece of evidence in the case.

Sanchez also recorded herself standing over her sister's body, saying she was sorry.

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