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Teen driver who live-streamed fatal crash sentenced to prison

Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was sentenced to 6 years and four months in prison for a deadly crash. (Booking Photo: Merced County Sheriff's Office)

A judge has sentenced a teenager who was driving while live-streaming a crash that killed her younger sister to prison.

The judge sentenced Obdulia Sanchez, 18, to six years and four months in prison for killing her younger sister, 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez, and injuring her sister's friend, KMJ reports.

Sanchez pleaded no contest in January 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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