Woman Dies In Car Accident After Posting 'Happy' Lyrics to Facebook

cell phoneA deadly accident occurred in High Point, North Carolina, when a woman was using her cellphone to take selfies and post messages on Facebook while driving. The weight of that sentence should be enough to make people stop and think and not use their phone while driving. But the sad reality is too many of us do, and still will no matter what we tragic stories hear. Please let this be a reminder never to use your phone while driving. This woman made that fatal mistake.

Thirty-two year-old Courtney Ann Sanford was driving down the highway at around 8:30 in the morning. The car she was driving crossed over the median and crashed head-on into an oncoming truck. The crash caused her car to go off to the side of the road and catch on fire. The truck went on to crash into a tree. A second before the crash, Sanford posted "The happy song makes me so HAPPY" to Facebook.

This is just so terribly sad.

It was reported that Sanford, who was driving on the road Business 85, was posting selfies in the minutes leading up to the crash. At 8:33 a.m. she posted the message to her Facebook account about being happy and at 8:34 a.m. the High Point Police Department got the call about the crash.

The driver of the truck, 73-year-old John Wallace Thompson, wasn't injured. It was reported that Sanford was wearing a seatbelt but not properly.

Many of us are so addicted to social media that we think it's okay to continue to post when driving. It's just not okay. I sincerely hope this story makes people realize and stop using their phone when driving. It's not worth it.

Have you ever used your phone when driving?


Image via Carissa Rogers/Flickr

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youth... youthfulsoul

I'm well aware that I cannot pay attention and use my phone while driving so I don't. It's illegal here in CA too and my husband won't stop doing it, it drives me nuts. I'm more in fear of who he may hurt or kill because he's being a stubborn ass and won't put down the phone.

Sunny... SunnyDaze87

This happened where I live. So tragic. Most people won*t stop even after hearin so many fatal stories. I, on the other hand don*t text/talk and drive..it can wait&I freak out anytime i*m in the car with someone whose doin it. It*s just not worth it. RIP....

TheSi... TheSilence

My phone does t leave my purse while I'm driving. I can take calls through my speaker hands free, but I don't even like doing that.

I don't know who would think it's a good idea to snap pictures and post status' while driving.

What a waste of life.

sassy... sassykat122

A stupid stupid waste of life!

Rando... Randomlady

Never makes sense that people think they can multitask while driving, it is never ok to read while driving unless it's a road sign. Such a waste of life, but I'm glad she didn't kill any innocent bystanders with her actions.

coffe... coffeeizmydrug

What's it gonna take people? All the people that loved this young woman won't be "happy" now because of her stupidity of distracted driving. I'm thankful the driver of the vehicle wasn't injured in this case, however, in many instances, others ARE injured. It's just so trajic. Why do people think they can keep doing this? IT SO STUPID! I am always so worried about this happening to my kids. They both do it. (23 and 25) If one of them should die in an accident. It would kill me as well. They must not love me as much as they say they do.

To "theyouthfulsoul," ^^^  If your husband doesn't love you enough to stop texting and driving, put your foot down and either drive yourself or if he won't allow you to drive, then drive your own car, or make arrangements for another ride. Don't let him put YOUR life in jepardy with his foolishness. People who drive distracted while they have passengers are very selfish. It's YOUR life at stake. (or your kids) Maybe he will get the message. 


nonmember avatar me

I sometimes use my phone but only while sitting at the traffick light or if I have to call someone or take a call. I wont text, take pics, play games etc while driving. Im well aware how dangerous it is. My husband texts while driving, he uses voice texting or what ever its called, not typing but speaking, but it still drives me nuts and I make him stop when im in the car. He runs his business of over 50 people so its all work stuff but its still no excuse.

Charl... Charlyla2

I know this is going to sound awful because it is terribly sad, but if you're dumb enough to be doing this shit while you are driving the consequences are yours to deal with. Fortunately there were no passengers, like kids, involved in her stupid mistake.

nonmember avatar Sarah

Charlyla2, EVERYONE who loved this woman was involved in her stupid mistake. They all have to live with this for the rest of their lives. I see where you're coming from, but it's not about the woman anymore. It's about those she left behind.

But it's so sad that, no matter what kind of messages the media gets out, no matter how many crashes like this happen, some people will never learn. I also want to point out the age of the driver. Everyone complains that TEENAGERS text and drive. But anyone can do it, it's not just teens.

Mae Clark

I made the stupid mistake of answering my phone once while I was driving. I crashed into the car in front me. Luckily no one was seriously hurt but I was so beaten and bruised in the chest area from my seat belt that I could barely move my upper body for months. Needless to say I have learned my lesson.

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