An 18-year-old girl who crashed her car while filming herself on Instagram Live – killing her sister in the process – has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter.
According to Buzzfeed, Obdulia Sanchez, from California, was drunk driving on Friday 21st June when she veered off the road and crashed through a barbed wire fence. The car then overturned, ejecting her sister Jaqueline and her sister’s girlfriend, Manuela Seja, out of the car.
Obdulia recorded the entire incident, including her sister’s body.
She said on Instagram live,
“I fucking love my sister to death. I don’t give a fuck. We about to die. This is the last thing I wanted to happen to us but it just did,” she said into the camera before turning it back to her sister’s body.
“Jacqueline, please wake up. This is the last thing I wanted to happen… I killed my sister, but I don’t care. I killed my sister. I know I’m going to prison, but I don’t care. I’m sorry, baby. I’mma hold it down… Rest in peace, sweetie.”
If found guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter, Obdulia could face 13 years in prison.
Both Obdulia’s lawyer and crash survivor Manuela both said that Instagram and social media are partly responsible for the tragedy.
“Social media companies target teenagers and they don’t do anything to try and keep kids from doing things they shouldn’t. In fact, they encourage it and make a profit of it,” Odbulia’s attorney Ramnik Samrao said.
“Instagram highlights all these videos of people doing crazy stupid things to young people who already feel a lot of pressure to fit in and look cool,” he added.
Manuela said: “Honestly, I’m not mad at anybody and I don’t blame anybody. It’s all affected by social media. That’s what life is now. And it’s going to advance more and more. That’s what it’s going to be about.”