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Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

The parents of a teenage driver who livestreamed the fatal crash that killed their younger daughter have said they believe she did not intend her sister to die.

Nicandro Sanchez of Stockton, California, told Fresno television station KFSN he believed his 18-year-old daughter Obdulia Sanchez knows she did something wrong but does not know what happened.

Authorities say Obdulia Sanchez lost control and the car veered off a San Joaquin Valley road 75 miles north west of Fresno and overturned, hurling her sister Jacqueline, 14, through the rear windscreen.

A recording of the livestream shows Obdulia Sanchez shaking her unresponsive sister after the crash and saying she was sorry.

Mr Sanchez said Obdulia had a difficult childhood and graduated from high school last year. In the past two years she had been in the custody of Child Protective Services.

"It's an accident," he said of the crash. "It happened that way. Who knows why?

"What I think is she knows she's done something wrong. Because she knows, and that's what I feel.

"She feels bad for herself, but she killed her own sister."

After a gap in the livestream, Obdulia Sanchez is seen leaning over the body of her sister, trying to shake her awake. She said she expected to spend the rest of her life in prison but does not care.

"This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? ... Rest in peace, sweetie," the teenager says.

"If you don't survive, I'm so (expletive) sorry."

Merced County sheriff Vern Warnke said another girl, aged 14, who was in the back seat of the car, survived with a leg injury.

The driver was wearing a seat belt but not the two girls, the California Highway Patrol said.

Obdulia Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter and remained in jail with bail set at 300,000 dollars.

She is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The livestream was recorded on Instagram and posted on Facebook by someone who had seen it.

Stockton resident Mary Hernandez said she saw the video there and re-posted it.

"People need to know these things can happen," Ms Hernandez said, adding that she had received a range of responses from anger to gratitude.

"I mean no disrespect to their family for posting it," she said.

Rob Carroll, a chief deputy in the Merced County District Attorney's Office, said he had not yet seen the video but expected it would form a key piece of evidence.

"Drinking, driving and driving erratically - obviously those are poor choices," he said.

Relatives have set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the funeral of Jacqueline.

The page says she was planning to celebrate her 15th birthday - known as a quincenera - on Sunday.

AP

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