A texting driver named Courtney Ann Sanford is a grim reminder of how dangerous texting and driving can be. Sanford posted a Facebook comment referring to the Happy Song only to die seconds later in a fatal car accident.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, another texting driver hit a cyclist with her car and caused severe spinal injuries. But the young woman did not show remorse for her actions and instead claimed she did not care about the injured man potentially being disabled for life.
Police investigators believe the texting driver may have been at fault for the car accident. As the High Point Police Department explains the situation, the Facebook comment went live at 8:33 PM and then less than a minute later they received a call about the car accident. The ironic part of the story is that Sanford was trying to communicate a message about happiness to her FB friends:
“The Happy Song makes me so HAPPY.”
This text is believed to have been made seconds before Sanford crossed the median and crashed headlong into a truck going the other way. The crash caused both vehicles to swerve to the side of the lanes, where the truck also hit a tree. Fortunately, the driver of the truck, 73-year-old John Wallace Thompson, was not injured in the car accident.
Unfortunately, the texting driver did not have such a happy ending. Photos of the 2005 Toyota Corolla show that the entire front end was torn to shreds in the accident, and even the roof is missing. The vehicle also caught on fire after the hit and Sanford is reported to have died on the scene. It’s reported that Sanford was wearing a seat belt but that it “wasn’t used properly.”
Police have ruled out drugs and alcohol as a probable cause for the car accident, so that leaves either a potential medical problem or texting and driving. Lt. Chris Weisner apparently believes the latter option is the most likely scenario:
“In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy. As sad as it is, it is a grim reminder for everyone… you just have to pay attention while you are in the car.”
In response to incidents like these, lawmakers have proposed texting and driving laws that most people tend to ignore. The Apple iPhone series may solve the problem by using the integrated GPS to determine when someone is moving at high speeds and then automatically disable the ability to send a text. Do you think texting and driving should be illegal?