Police received a call reporting a head-on car collision just a minute after a 32-year-old North Carolina woman posted about how happy she was listening to the Pharrell song “Happy” after uploading some selfies.
At 8:33 am, Courtney Sanford shared her last words with her friends and family via Facebook – “The happy song makes me HAPPY.” Seconds after posting this message to Facebook, her car hit a recycling truck head on after crossing the center median of the road.
“The Facebook text happened at 8:33 a.m. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34 a.m.,” Lt. Chris Weisner, with the High Point Police Department said, as he described the situation. “In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy.”
The truck lost control after the collision and hit a tree off to the side of the road. Meanwhile, Sanford’s car had also left the road and caught fire. The truck driver was uninjured.
Investigators reported that, although Sanford was wearing a seatbelt, it was not being used properly.
This is a tragic accident, and a reminder to us all to stay safe on the road without distractions. Please share this message with your closest family and friends and please – drive safely.