Woman Posts About “Happy” Song on Facebook Moments Before Fatal Crash

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – A North Carolina woman killed in a head-on collision while driving on Interstate 85 last Thursday posted to Facebook moments before crashing, according to a report on MyFox8.com.

The driver  has been identified as 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford.

“The Facebook text happened at 8:33. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34,” High Point Police Lt. Chris Weisner said. The post, according to investigators, was about the song “Happy.”


A screenshot of Sanford’s Facebook post (with her photo removed).

“The Happy Song makes me so HAPPY,” police said the post exclaimed.

“In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy,” Weisner said. “As sad as it is, it is a grim reminder for everyone… you just have to pay attention while you are in the car.”

Investigators said Sanford was also posting selfies as she drove.

The driver of the truck involved in the crash was not injured.

Read more about this story at MyFox8.com.


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  • JaiGuru

    I’m typically not a fan of prohibition-type laws but I think perhaps it’s time we get federal legislation making this type of behavior illegal nationwide. I do feel bad for the lady who made the text. She didn’t deserve to die for it.

    But what about all the other people who are killed BY people like this lady? Obviously individual states cannot be counted on to do something about this and enforce it with the aggression necessary to put an end to this behavior. It’s time for drastic measures.

  • kevin

    Shawn, your post makes no sense. It is NEVER ok to text and drive. People are getting killed EVERY day because of this stupidity. It needs to become a felony with mandatory jail time for anyone caught texting.

    • crackers81

      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually released a statement calling it MORE dangerous than drunk driving. It results in serious damage or fatalities more often than driving while intoxicated, if you can even imagine that. It is already “banned” in the majority of states, but you can see here in Pennsylvania (and I’m sure much of the nation at large) that there’s trivial enforcement of the law.

      Every single time, without fail, that I am on the road I see someone playing with their cell phone while they’re driving. I’m not exaggerating. It is EVERY TIME. I personally believe we need federal level involvement in this now since the states have demonstrated incompetence in getting this problem under control. It’s not new, and you’re right; pretty close to every single day people die because they just had to type “Lolxorz bbq I luv music” into facebook or twitter.

      People really need to get mad about this. It’s turning our town roads and interstates into a death trap.

  • Not an idiot

    Time to remove cameras from phones and install something in that car that will work in conjunction with the phone to block certain apps while driving.

    • crackers81

      A novel idea, I’ll give you credit there. But the trick is this would absolutely be considered a breech of privacy as you’d be forced in one way or another to register your phone with the device, thus putting highly private data at risk. It would certainly end up before high courts, if not perhaps the supreme court and prove a financial nightmare for everyone involved. The simple, and highly effective solution is to have federal level legislation outlawing the behavior and mandates made to police departments to actually get aggressive with enforcing this law while stiffer penalties are under effect.

      This has worked wonders for minimizing the drunk driving threat on our roads and there’s no reason it can’t work with cell phones. We’ll never achieve %100 compliance with any law, especially where technology is concerned because I can assure there’s a work around for every digital security measure in existence for pretty much every device. But then expectations of %100 success are immature to begin with.

  • DE

    True is it’s hands free, which I am assuming it is! I didn’t know or remember hearing about that..forgive me, I am a dinosaur! As long as you’re not arguing with your spouse while driving! That’s caused accidents real time anyway!

  • Shawn

    so its ok if you txt and drive and dont die but what happens when you do crash and kill someone else…is it ok to txt and drive then..what are you super man…

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