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Woman Who Livestreamed Fatal Crash Is Out on Parole

Obdulia Sanchez served 26 months in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2019 12:25 AM CDT
This July 22, 2017 photo provided by the Merced County Sheriff's Office shows Obdulia Sanchez in Merced, Calif.   (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
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(Newser) – A California woman convicted of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister has been released on parole after serving 26 months in prison, reports the AP. Obdulia Sanchez was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and child endangerment. She was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. Sanchez was released Sept. 21 after receiving credit for good behavior, the Merced Sun Star reports.

She was 18 at the time of the crash two years ago. The car driven by Sanchez veered onto the shoulder of a road in Los Banos, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. Authorities say she overcorrected, causing the vehicle to swerve and overturn, ejecting her 14-year-old sister. Prosecutors say Sanchez was livestreaming on Instagram while driving, and the video shows her taking her hands off the steering wheel. The crash killed her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez. Jacqueline’s 15-year-old girlfriend, Manuela Ceja, was injured.

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