A Grim Reminder

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I didn't know her, but I have friends who did.  She made national news this weekend, because of the irony.  But behind that, there is the obvious lesson about texting and driving:

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 27 (UPI) – A 32-year-old North Carolina woman died in a car accident Thursday just moments after she used her cell phone to post on Facebook.

Police in High Point, N.C., said Courtney Ann Sanford posted a message on Facebook at 8:33 a.m. and one minute later the car accident was reported. She was driving.

“The happy song makes me HAPPY," Sanford wrote of the hit song by Pharrell Williams.

“In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy,” said High Point Police Lt. Chris Weisner.

Sanford drove her vehicle across a grass median and hit a truck. The truck driver was uninjured.

“As sad as it is, it is a grim reminder for everyone … you just have to pay attention while you are in the car,” Weisner said.


The final post of 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford, who died one minute after sending this because she veered across a grass median and slammed into an oncoming truck. The other driver was not hurt.