Teen Arrested After Live Streaming Fatal Car Crash That Killed Her Sister

Obdulia Sanchez
Merced County Sheriff's Office

A mother and father in California are reeling from the worst kind of tragedy imaginable right now: a car accident that left one of their teenage daughters dead and the other in jail on suspicion of drunk driving and manslaughter. 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez was killed Friday night when her 18-year-old sister Obdulia Sanchez crashed the car she was driving -- and the entire thing was livestreamed on Instagram.


According to investigators, Obdulia was under the influence while driving a white Buick Century that was carrying her younger sister and another 14-year-old passenger, and started streaming the ride on Instagram just moments before the crash. In the video, Obdulia raps along to the radio (sometimes taking her hands off the wheel) until everything goes blurry and screaming is heard; the 18-year-old is then seen outside the car next to what appears to be the body of her sister, who has a large wound on her head.

Jacqueline, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle through the back window; the other 14-year-old passenger survived but sustained serious injuries. The audio from the video is beyond heartbreaking:

"My sister is f-cking dying," Obdulia says in the clip. "I f-cking love my sister to death ... This is the last thing I wanted to happen to us, but it just did. Jacqueline, please wake up."

"I f-cking killed my sister, okay? I know I'm going to jail for life. This is the last thing I wanted to happen, okay? I don't f-cking care though, I'm going to hold it down. Rest in peace, sweetie. If you don't survive, I am so f-cking sorry."

So gut-wrenchingly terrible. It's the kind of thing that shakes you to the core, which is no doubt why the video quickly went viral after local resident Mary Hernandez reposted it. Hernandez, who knows Obdulia through social media, says she meant no disrespect in posting it but wanted to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.

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As difficult as this is for the average parent to watch, there's just no comprehending how awful it must have been for the parents of these girls to see it. Nicandro and Gloria Sanchez have said they're still "numb" and don't know how to feel.

"I think ... she don't know what's happened," Nicandro Sanchez told KFSN-TV Fresno. "She knows she did something wrong ... She feels bad but she still killed her own sister ... It's an accident. It happened that way. Who knows why?"

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As a mother whose eldest child is just learning to drive, I feel like this is the kind of story that keeps me up at night. Reckless driving, underage drinking, social media -- it involves all of the most dangerous things about being a teenager today. The live-streaming part definitely adds an extra degree of shock, particularly because we're seeing more and more incidences of tragedies being live streamed on social media.

Earlier this year, a 12-year-old Georgia girl live streamed her suicide, sparking a national conversation about the kind of content that's allowed to remain circulating on social media. Just two weeks later, a 14-year-old Florida teen also took her own life on a live stream. And judging by how quickly the video of this horrific crash went viral, it doesn't appear much has changed to prevent tragedies from being broadcast to and shared among an audience.

A GoFundMe has been set up to pay for Jacqueline's funeral expenses here. Our deepest condolences go out to this family during this incredibly difficult time.

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