LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP)– A California teen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of car murder and inebriated driving after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and tape-recording a crash that killed her more youthful sis.
Obdulia Sanchez, 18, appeared through remote camera in Merced County Superior Court, dressed in yellow prisoner garb. She pleaded innocent to all 6 counts and responded a “little bit” when the judge asked whether she comprehended the charges versus her.
Ramnik Samrao, a public protector who represents Sanchez, stated the teen believes she killed her sibling.
“Anybody can say extremely quickly that she is accountable for the death. She thinks that too. She said several times, ‘I eliminated my sibling, I eliminated my sibling,'” Samrao said outside court. “There’s no doubt about that, however whether there was a crime dedicated, that’s a separate story.”
The judge set bail at $560,000.
Sanchez was owning the automobile on Friday when it veered onto the shoulder of a roadway about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Fresno.
Authorities said she overcorrected, triggering the automobile to swerve and overturn into a field, ejecting and killing her 14-year-old sibling, Jacqueline Sanchez.
Prosecutors say the video, that includes pictures of her dancing to music while owning and taking her hands from the guiding wheel, will be a key piece of evidence in the event.
In a declaration, Merced County Chief Deputy District Lawyer Harold Nutt had called the behavior “disturbing and shocking.”
“It reflects some wickedness and some stupidity and that sort of thing. It’s shocking behavior, no question about it,” Nutt said outside court.
He stated Sanchez’s blood alcohol material was 0.10. The legal limit in California for grownups is 0.08 and for those under 21, anything over.01 percent is illegal, stated Jessica Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the Department of Motor Automobiles.
Sanchez was convicted of negligent driving in 2015 for owning without a license when she was 14, Gonzalez stated.
After a space in the livestream of the crash, the driver is seen leaning over the lady’s body, stating she was sorry. She stated she expected to invest the rest of her life in prison however doesn’t care.
“This is the last thing I wished to take place, OK? … Rest in peace, sweetie,” the teen states. “If you don’t survive, I’m so (expletive) sorry.”
Another 14-year-old woman suffered a leg injury in the crash.
The 6 counts against Sanchez likewise consist of drunken driving resulting in injuries. District attorneys state Sanchez could invest more than 13 years in state prison if convicted of all the charges.
Her daddy, Nicandro Sanchez, has called it an indescribable accident and stated Obdulia had actually remained in the custody of Child Protective Solutions the past 2 years.
The lady who survived the crash stated she wasn’t mad at anyone and doesn’t blame the motorist.
Rather, Manuela Seja blamed social networks, which she stated has taken control of people’s lives, television station KSEE in Fresno (http://bit.ly/2v2bYRB) reported.
The story has actually been corrected to reveal Sanchez faces charges on 6 counts, not five.
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