Livestreamed, Deadly Crash in Calif. Caused by Blown Tire: Lawyer - NBC Bay Area

Livestreamed, Deadly Crash in Calif. Caused by Blown Tire: Lawyer

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    Livestreamed, Deadly Crash in Calif. Caused by Blown Tire: Lawyer
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    Police say 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez was driving the car Friday when it veered onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles northwest of Fresno.

    The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical problem may have caused the accident in California.

    The Merced Sun-Star reports Obdulia Sanchez's lawyer told a judge Friday that he has reason to believe the crash was caused by wear and tear on a tire, causing it to blow out.

    Sanchez was driving a car that veered onto the shoulder of the road on July 21. Authorities said she overcorrected, causing the vehicle to swerve and overturn, ejecting and killing her 14-year-old sister.

    Prosecutors said Sanchez was live-streaming on Instagram while driving and the video shows her taking her hands from the steering wheel.

    Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving.

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