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Police: Driver took selfies, posted about Happy song on Facebook just before fatal crash
High Point Enterprise ^ | Apr. 26, 2014 | Jordan Howse

Posted on 04/26/2014 3:37:44 PM PDT by csvset

High Point police say the woman who died in a head-on collision Thursday was posting selfies and updating her Facebook status moments before the fatal crash. Courtney Ann Sanford, 32, of Clemmons, updated her Facebook status with: “The happy song makes me HAPPY” one minute before the crash was called in to police, investigators say.

“These posts were brought to investigators’ attention by family and friends,” said Lt. Charles Lanier with the High Point Police Dept. “Investigators say that she also was taking pictures of herself while driving. The posts were very close proximity in time to our first calls on the crash.”

Lanier said that the Facebook status update was posted at 8:33 a.m. Police and rescue workers were called to the crash at 8:34 a.m.

Sanford was heading north on Business 85 at Baker Road when her 2005 Toyota Corolla crossed the median into oncoming traffic. Her car slammed into a company-owned truck that was headed southbound. The crash shut down the highway for several hours. Police say it appeared that Sanford died upon impact.

North Carolina outlawed texting and driving in December 2009 and, although the law does not specifically mention Facebook and Twitter, the law says drivers may not “manually enter multiple letters or text in the (mobile telephone) as a means of communicating with another person.”

Lanier said that Sanford’s death serves as a reminder about distracted driving. “You’ve got to pay attention on the road,” he said. “There’s so much going on, you can’t afford to be looking down at a phone or a computer or taking pictures of yourself. That takes a great deal of attention off of what you’re doing. Nothing is worse than losing your life or the life of someone else to tell people how you’re doing.”

jhowse@hpe.com | 888-3617


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: doa; doasthouwill; drivingwhiletexting; dwt; electronicpacifier; facebook; high; point
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What an idiot. Facebook, it's killer.

1 posted on 04/26/2014 3:37:44 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

I hope no one else was hurt.


2 posted on 04/26/2014 3:39:26 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: csvset

” Clemmons, updated her Facebook status with: “The happy song makes me HAPPY” one minute before the crash”

I guess it makes her DEAD, as well. Good Riddance!


3 posted on 04/26/2014 3:40:33 PM PDT by sagar
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To: csvset
Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands upon the wheel.
Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands upon the wheel.
Yeah, we're going to the roadhouse
Gonna have a real good-time.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Let it roll, baby, roll.
Let it roll, baby, roll.
Let it roll, baby, roll.
Let it roll, all night long.

4 posted on 04/26/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
Jordan Howse, Education Reporter:

Jordan is a 2011 graduate of Winston-Salem State University. She has worked at The High Point Enterprise for two years. She covers education (Guilford, Davidson, Randolph county schools and higher education) and nonprofits and covered business prior to that.
Her senior year, she was the editor-in-chief of The News Argus, the university's award-winning student newspaper.

Judging from the writing, I assumed Jordan was a high school intern. Now looking at her I noticed she was not hired because of her brains.

5 posted on 04/26/2014 3:45:47 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.a)
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To: csvset

I hope the owners and the driver of the van sue her estate to recoup their losses.


6 posted on 04/26/2014 3:46:35 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: csvset

7 posted on 04/26/2014 3:47:30 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Lady absolutely needed to be deprived of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happy...

Just for other people’s protection.


8 posted on 04/26/2014 3:52:08 PM PDT by moovova
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To: csvset

Pay attention.

9 posted on 04/26/2014 3:52:52 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Facebook is evil.


10 posted on 04/26/2014 3:53:47 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: csvset

Singing Happy in High Point is just baiting the gods of irony.


11 posted on 04/26/2014 3:54:39 PM PDT by dangus
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To: csvset

One moment’s lapse of judgment can kill you. It can also kill someone else. I do not understand why people use their cell phones while driving.


12 posted on 04/26/2014 3:55:35 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: csvset

For a change the idiot that caused the accident died, usually they live and kill some innocent person.


13 posted on 04/26/2014 3:57:06 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: dangus

The Powers That be said, “Happy Now?”


14 posted on 04/26/2014 3:57:24 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: csvset

If you know the song Happy, it’s all the more ironic that she no longer has a roof.

(If you don’t know the song Happy, can I visit you on your remote, desert Island?)


15 posted on 04/26/2014 3:58:31 PM PDT by dangus
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To: null and void
From another source, it said the truck driver was not injured. The truck is out of commission for awhile if not totaled.

Cops say she was doing approx 45 mph.

16 posted on 04/26/2014 4:05:00 PM PDT by csvset
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To: dangus
I had heard of it, but hadn't actually heard it until moments ago, ( I had to see what the fuss was about.)

I prefer the Doors' Road House Blues

17 posted on 04/26/2014 4:08:08 PM PDT by csvset
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To: sagar

Good riddance? Ugly.


18 posted on 04/26/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT by martiangohome
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To: csvset

We need a 30 day waiting period for iPhones, with high capacity cameras. Facebook should be outlawed, outright. It serves no useful social purpose.


19 posted on 04/26/2014 4:11:12 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: csvset

Man. That is horrible. Prayers for her family and friends.


20 posted on 04/26/2014 4:12:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: csvset
Given the newer technology, equipment, and sheer volume of users, this "Driving While Distracted" scenario has become much more serious.

Kalifornia has laws against such, but they're blatantly ignored - by both drivers and the po-lice, from what I can gather.

21 posted on 04/26/2014 4:16:35 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Michael.SF.; SortaBichy
I noticed she was not hired because of her brains.

Nor her looks....Mike Tyson in drag.

22 posted on 04/26/2014 4:18:51 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: csvset

Good thing they passed a law against texting and driving.


23 posted on 04/26/2014 4:20:09 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: FreedomOfExpression

Otherwise, someone could have been kil... wait.


24 posted on 04/26/2014 4:22:10 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: csvset

Anyone say how the driver of the truck make out? Sounds like he’s the victim here.


25 posted on 04/26/2014 4:24:24 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: ErnBatavia
She looked a lot better in the original smaller picture I saw at her profile page.

Maybe small pictures are similar to closing time beauty; fuzzy and not relevant to reality.

26 posted on 04/26/2014 4:25:28 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.a)
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To: csvset

I’m driving right now. Reading this post and typing this message.

Yaaaaaawn. I’m feeling a bit tired. I think I’ll take a short nap. Set the cruse control and then............

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


27 posted on 04/26/2014 4:40:46 PM PDT by DManA
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To: dangus

At least she died Happy.


28 posted on 04/26/2014 4:47:09 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: csvset

There’s a good chance that some greedy plaintiff’s lawyer will blame the road — and sue the taxpayers.


29 posted on 04/26/2014 4:47:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Please explain.

Were there grammatical errors?

Are the facts not clear?


30 posted on 04/26/2014 4:49:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: csvset

We need to outlaw facebook, or at least require people to show they are sane and safe to use FB.

And we need to put looks on all computers least children use it.


31 posted on 04/26/2014 4:53:00 PM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
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To: csvset

What does it say about our society that a woman can reach the age of 32 and still be stuck at 12 in terms of intellectual and emotional maturity? Good grief! I hope she did not have any children. Prayers up for her loved ones.


32 posted on 04/26/2014 5:07:44 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I am not seeing the problem with the writing. It is not great writing, but my quick reading of the piece did not detect grammatical errors and typos.


33 posted on 04/26/2014 5:14:40 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: martiangohome

We do not have a photo here of the deceased woman.


34 posted on 04/26/2014 5:18:55 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: csvset

BAN FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


35 posted on 04/26/2014 5:20:27 PM PDT by Rome2000 (BAN FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: dangus

Never heard of this song until I read this piece.


36 posted on 04/26/2014 5:24:22 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: csvset
Just so we know:

Can't find out anything much else about her. Shame.

37 posted on 04/26/2014 5:31:37 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: csvset
That takes a great deal of attention off of what you’re doing. Nothing is worse than losing your life or the life of someone else to tell people how you’re doing.”

You can't save the "stuck on stupid" Obamabots. But I do feel bad at the mention of every innocent victim these retards kill.

It also infuriates me that these stories fail to mention the names and bios of the innocent victim(s). I couldn't care less for the self centered egomaniacs who produce daily carnage.

38 posted on 04/26/2014 5:44:19 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: csvset

I wish everybody would lighten up and show some sympathy for the poor woman and her bereaved family. As a parent of three in their 20s, I pray that I never have to face a day where I get a call saying one of them has died from such a horrible accident.


39 posted on 04/26/2014 5:51:01 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; csvset

I agree. I refuse to use Facebook, Twitter and especially don’t text while driving.

But that doesn’t mean there is anything at all to either poke fun at or take satisfaction in this even.

This woman is dead due to her lack of good judgement, and it was fortunate she didn’t take anyone else with her.

I think we can all agree she paid for her mistake. I don’t think it shows us in a good light to write the things we are. We should stop it here.


40 posted on 04/26/2014 6:04:20 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: csvset
Distracted driving kills.

If you look down to text for five seconds while driving at moderate speed... you are traveling the length of a football field... totally blind.

41 posted on 04/26/2014 6:04:33 PM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Facebook should be outlawed, outright. It serves no useful social purpose.

Facebook = An Eighth-commandment free codependency of narcissists and voyeurs.

42 posted on 04/26/2014 6:09:16 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: csvset

It’s only a few months old.


43 posted on 04/26/2014 6:14:19 PM PDT by dangus
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To: csvset; Revolting cat!; GeronL
updated her Facebook status with: “The happy song makes me HAPPY” one minute before the crash was called in to police, investigators say.

... Police say it appeared that Sanford died upon impact.

Well at least she died happy.

The fools with the electronic pacifier will kill us all.

44 posted on 04/26/2014 6:21:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: CaptainK

“smart phones” are evil and the lazy politicians refuse to make such activity while driving illegal because it’d be “unpopular” legislation.


45 posted on 04/26/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: DManA
I’m driving right now. Reading this post and typing this message. Yaaaaaawn. I’m feeling a bit tired. I think I’ll take a short nap. Set the cruse control and then............ zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Homer's got you beat.


46 posted on 04/26/2014 6:26:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: DManA

I love the scene in national Lampoon’s Vacation when they are driving at night and the camera pans through the car revealing that everyone is asleep, including Chevy Chase(Clark Griswold) who is supposed to be driving.

His one in a million perfect parking job in the motel parking lot is great.


47 posted on 04/26/2014 6:27:18 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

One of the maybe 10 scenes in movies and TV that gave me an honest belly laugh. They’re pretty rare really.


48 posted on 04/26/2014 6:30:52 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I agree, they are so darn heedless, it is a shame about all the destruction


49 posted on 04/26/2014 7:55:47 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: a fool in paradise

Drunk driving is illegal but the law hasn’t stopped DUIs


50 posted on 04/26/2014 8:30:21 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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