Her Last Post On Facebook Caused This Accident – Her Last Words Are Heartwrenching


Courtney Sanford was driving her Toyota Corolla to work while the hit song “Happy” was playing on the radio. Courtney decided to snap a “selfie” with her phone to share the moment on Facebook.


Texting While Driving

Regrettably, Courtney did not pull over to take the picture. While still driving, she opened her phone’s photo application, framed the shot, smiled, snapped the photo, and then posted it to Facebook. While Courtney was submitting her post, her car veered across the center median into oncoming traffic traveling at 45 miles per hour.


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Tragedy From Distraction

Courtney’s Corolla collided with a 24,000 pound recycling truck, the car left the road, impacted a tree and burst into flames.


Heartache For Her Family

Courtney was killed instantly. She worked in the healthcare industry and was a college graduate with two degrees. Four days after the crash her parents, grandmother, and her two brothers laid her to rest. Courtney was 32 years old.


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Posted Selfie

Courtney posted her selfie to Facebook that fateful day at 8:33 AM. Police and Fire crews received the first 911 call one minute later, at 8:34 AM.


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Cell Phone Retrieved

At the scene of the accident Courtney’s cell phone was retrieved from the wreckage with her Facebook post still on the screen. Her last words were “The happy song makes me HAPPY.”


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Dangers Of Texting While Driving

When discussing the accident with the media, Police Lieutenant Chris Weisner made the grim comparison between Courtney’s accident and the many public service advertisements aired to warn against the dangers of texting while driving.


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Ads Warn Of Texting And Driving

Lieutenant Weisner said, “We’ve all seen these graphic advertisements on TV, this was real life.”


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Unfortunate Tragedy

The story of Courtney’s accident and its unfortunate cause has been widely reported on television, in newspapers, and online. It is one of many similar stories that happen all too frequently.


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Prime Of Her Life

Courtney was a young, attractive woman in the prime of her life. Her death is made all the more tragic because it was so totally preventable.


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Watch this video of Lieutenant Weisner’s interview along with an ad warning against texting while driving.

Selfies Becoming Commonplace

Selfies have become commonplace in our society, we all take them, some of us even do so while driving. If you do, please stop, there are too many flower bouquets planted along the sides of our highways already.

Please SHARE this story with your friends to raise awareness and to keep our loved ones safe.

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  1. Bob Aronsohn

    March 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Two degrees and not a lick of common sense!

  2. Brenda

    March 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Your stories and pictures connected are deceiving. You will never make it as a serious news worthy site unless these deceitful stories are made honest.

  3. swsouthpaw

    April 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

    It was Facebook fault she got in a wreck, as well as the cellphone company for putting camera options on the phone. And don’t forget to include the wireless service provider who provided service to her phone that enabled her Internet access to post. Can’t blame this one on the gun makers or guns. I guess her phone/wireless provider/car maker/Farrell are responsible for this tragedy. It had nothing to do with the driver/selfi-posten. SUE THEM!

  4. paul

    April 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    a shame but should not have been texting, she would still be alive…..

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