Social Media Epic Fail: Facebook Message That Caused A Woman to Die

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments


Police in North Carolina believe a driver who crossed over into oncoming traffic may have been posting to Facebook before she fatally crashed her vehicle.  According to WGHP FOX 8 in North Carolina, 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford crossed her vehicle over a highway median and into oncoming traffic, striking a recycling truck head on. According to local police, the impact was estimated to have occurred at around 45 miles per hour.

The recycling truck she hit veered off the road and hit a tree, luckily, truck driver 73-year-old John Wallace Thompson, was not injured.  Sanford’s vehicle caught fire following the accident, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to WGHP, investigators said Sanford’s Facebook post read: “The happy song makes me HAPPY!”  They also traced back Sanford’s other online activity and discovered she had been posting selfies as she drove down the road as well.

This story is just my reminder to you that there is a time and a place for being on your phone, and in the car driving is definitely not one of those times or places. Whether you’re texting, on social media, or taking a picture; find another time to fit it in, because driving is not the occasion.  If there is a passenger hand the phone off to them.  If you’re driving by yourself then pull over to the side of the road.  Just don’t cause an accident because you wanted to update your status.  Be Careful.

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