An 18-year-old woman is accused of killing her sister while drunk driving in California and live streaming the entire ordeal to Instagram.
Obdulia Sanchez appeared to film the extremely graphic video, showing her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez Estrada, severely injured and dying on the ground as she screams about going to jail for life — another repoA second girl, 14-year-old Manuela Seja, was hospitalized after suffering major trauma to her right leg, police said.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Obdulia was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving and is being held on $300,000 bail. ABC 30’s Sontaya Rose reported July 24 that Obdulia is now refusing to answer questions from authorities.
Jacqueline was about to celebrate a major milestone in her life. Instead, her parents Nicandro and Gloria Sanchez are left to plan a funeral with their other daughter in jail. The couple told ABC 30 that Jacqueline was heading into her sophomore year of high school and “wanted to be an actress or a singer.”
Here’s what you need to know about Jacqueline and the crash:
1. Graphic Video Shows Jacqueline’s Head Profusely Bleeding After the Crash
In the Instagram video, Obdulia is seen driving the white Buick wearing a red while hat singing and making hand gestures. At one point, she holds up her middle finger to the camera.
Suddenly, the crash occurs and intense screams can be heard in the video as the camera violently shakes.
While the video is still recording, Obdulia says, “Everybody, if I go to f*****g jail for life, you already know why.”
Obdulia moves the camera to show her sister Jacqueline on the grass with what looks to be extreme head trauma while the other passenger in the vehicle waves for help.
“My sister is dying,” Obdulia says over the video. “Look, I love my sister to death.”
Obdulia kisses her sister on her face and shakes her numerous times to try to wake her up. But blood continues to pour out of a severe laceration on her head.
“I killed my sister,” Obdulia screams. “I know I am going to jail for life, alright. This is (the) last thing that I wanted to happen, OK. I don’t care though, I am holding it down. I love you. Rest in peace sweetie. If you don’t survive, I am so sorry.”
Watch a video of the live stream below, but be warned: Even blurred, it contains extremely graphic content that may be disturbing to some.
The incident happened sometime around 6:45 p.m. July 21 in the area of Henry Miller Road, just east of Mercey Springs Road, the California Highway Patrol said.
According to CHP, the car was traveling west when it veered onto the right shoulder. Obdulia over-corrected the turn and that caused the Buick to swerve across both lanes and crash through a wire fence.
2. Jacqueline Reportedly Wasn’t Wearing Her Seatbelt
According to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, Jacqueline wasn’t wearing a seatbelt in the vehicle prior to it crashing. As a result, she was ejected through the back window of the car as it crashed and continuously rolled over off of Henry Miller Road.
Police told ABC 30 that they suspect Obdulia was “under the influence” when the car crashed and rolled “into a barbed wire fence and then into a field,” though arrest details and a blood alcohol content test haven’t yet been disclosed.
Seja was also not wearing a seatbelt and “suffered lacerations to her legs,” Los Banos Police Officer Chris Smith said.
After the crash, Obdulia was detained by officers and brought into an ambulance after she was combative, screaming that her sister was dead as officers tried to calm her.
3. The Woman Who Downloaded the Live Stream Said Obdulia Was Driving Recklessly Before the Crash
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, the woman who recorded a copy of the video, Mary Hernandez, said she heard about the footage on Obdulia’s Instagram, so she downloaded it before it could disappear. She added that it had been up for at least 19 hours and Instagram never took it down.
“At first I was skeptical but the more people reached out to me, then her cousin confirmed it was her,” Hernandez told BuzzFeed. “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.
“I think this video can get a lot of people to think twice about using their phones while driving now.”
Hernandez said that prior to the fatal crash, Sanchez recorded herself at the wheel driving recklessly and almost clipping cars.
Watch a video of those instances below:
4. Jacqueline Was About to Celebrate Her Quinceanera
Family members of Jacqueline’s told ABC 30 that she was about to celebrate her Quinceanera on Sunday, a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday and her transition into adulthood. It typically involves a mass that is followed by a party.
Social media users were understandably shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of Jacqueline and the context surrounding it.
5. A GoFundMe Page Has Been Set up in Honor of Jacqueline
Shortly after Jacqueline’s death, a man who identified himself as her brother, Sergio Ramos Estrada, set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to support them the family and to help giving Jacqueline a proper service.
Segio writes in the description:
The family Estrada is raising money for the lost of our fellow member… Jacqueline Sanchez Estrada. We would love if anyone could contribute for the cost of the funeral and services. It breaks our heart to find out she passed away two days ago, while doing the preparation for her Quincenera. Any amounts of money would be acceptable… I appreciate the time and love of all of your donations. God bless every single person on hear and prayers to Jacqueline..RIP BEAUTIFUL.
All this money is going to medical and funeral costs for JACQUELINE SANCHEZ ESTRADA! Thank you for your support again!
In 20 hours, the campaign raised over $1,500 toward its eventual $10,000 goal.
To donate to the cause, click here.