The girlfriend of the 14-year-old Stockton, California girl killed in livestreamed vehicle crash is blaming not the victim's sister who was behind the wheel, but social media, for Jacqueline Sanchez's death.
The four other counts Sanchez faces are two counts of driving under the influence resulting in injury and two counts of driving with a.08% blood alcohol content causing injury. Obdulia Sanchez, 18, remains in the Merced County Jail facing several criminal charges including DUI.
Samrao told reporters outside the courtroom that although Sanchez admitted to killing her sister in the live video, it is unclear whether a crime was committed. Sanchez was ejected through the back window of her sister's auto. I understand that. This is the last thing I wanted to happen- okay.
"It's upsetting that so many people are judging her based on a few minutes of a video and they don't know anything about the person behind that and what she's been through", he said.
Both were ejected and Jacqueline Sanchez died at the scene. "In fact, they encourage it and make a profit of it", he said, pointing to Snapchat's speed filter that shows how fast you are going. "I'm just happy she made this", 14-year-old Manuela Seja said.
Her relatives confirmed that she recorded the video, according to local TV station KFSN, and the prosecutor's office noted the live-stream in a news release on Wednesday.
She speaks calmly at first in the video and then grows increasingly emotional.
"She was fearless and she was smart", Manuela said of Jacqueline. Look, I fucking love my sister to death. The Instagram statement said the social media network was "deeply saddened" about the incident. "She was just amusing and she would be amusing", Seja said.
Contrasting Samrao's position, Merced's Chief Deputy District Attorney Harold Nutt believes that the case is clear cut.
One officer said, "I think when people have been drinking and they're under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of the two, they may do things they won't normally do, like maybe getting on that phone when they know better". The driver was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash.
Sanchez was being held at the Merced County Jail in California on $300,000 bond.
The California Highway Patrol says the driver was wearing a seatbelt but not the others. "They know nothing about her history, or her history in the foster care system, or that she was a victim of sex trafficking".
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family pay for Jacqueline's funeral expenses. Jacqueline was pronounced dead shortly after the crash, while the second passenger suffered major leg trauma but is expected to survive. (We aren't linking to the video, as it's incredibly graphic and disturbing.) Obdulia Sanchez can be heard on the video, growing increasingly hysterical and erratic. She was just amusing and she would be amusing.