We know that the good Lord above has a purpose for all of our lives. But sometimes, people can throw their lives away by making a simple mistake. Most of these mistakes are not intentional, which is why we can be certain that Jesus will forgive us when we meet Him.
Although these mistakes may seem small and simple, they can sometimes cost lives. The loved ones who are left behind have to, unfortunately, deal with the heartbreaking loss. When someone dies, they leave others with broken hearts and their loved ones cannot understand why they were taken away. The question becomes even more bewildering when the person dies at a very young age.
One person who made a simple mistake and lost her life too early was 32-year-old Courtney Sanford. The woman was driving to work in her Toyota Corolla when the hit pop song “Happy” started playing on the radio. Just like millions of other people around the world, Courtney really liked the song.
To express her love for the catchy number, Courtney took a selfie of herself in the car with her cell phone. She then shared the picture on her Facebook profile with the caption “The happy song makes me HAPPY!”
Unfortunately, Courtney didn’t pull over while taking the picture. It is against the law to use your phone while driving, but Courtney decided to turn a blind eye to that simple instruction. While still driving, she opened the camera app on her phone. Courtney smiled at the camera, took a picture of herself, and posted the selfie to Facebook.
While the young lady was posting the picture, she lost control of her car. The Toyota veered into the opposite lane through the center median right into oncoming traffic. Her car was traveling at a speed of 45 miles per hour. The Corolla was struck by a 24,000-pound truck traveling down the opposite lane. The impact was so powerful that it pushed the car off the road. It burst into flames after crashing into a tree.
The accident instantly killed Courtney while the car’s mangled remains continued to burn by the side of the road. All Courtney’s mistake was using her phone to upload a picture while driving her car. It resulted in a horrific accident that impacted many lives that day, especially Courtney’s family and friends.
After the accident
The fateful crash took place early in the morning. The fire crews and police received a distressing 911 call at 8:34 am. Investigating officers identified that the accident was caused by the driver of the Toyota Corolla who was using their phone at the time of the crash. Upon further investigation, the officers noticed that Courtney Sanford had uploaded a picture onto her Facebook profile one minute before the 911 call came in.
After the accident scene was contained, the fire crew retrieved Courtney’s cell phone from whatever remained of the car. The phone’s screen still showed her Facebook post with the caption “The happy song makes me HAPPY!” It was clear that she was distracted by her phone and lost control of the car, causing the accident. Unfortunately, Courtney paid with her life for that simple error of judgment.
Police Lieutenant Chris Weisner discussed the accident with media personnel. He compared the gruesome accident with several public service announcements that are constantly aired on television and the radio, warning people about the danger of using your cellphone while driving. He said, “We’ve all seen these graphic advertisements on TV. This was real life.”
Courtney’s accident was widely reported in newspapers, on television, as well as online platforms. Members of the police and fire department used this accident as an example of what happens when you text and drive at the same time.
As more people learned of Courtney’s death, they came forward to offer support and condolences to her family. Everyone agreed that her demise came too early, she was only 32 years old. Her friends were heartbroken when they realized that the latest picture she posted on Facebook was going to be her last.
Her friends and family said that Courtney was a kind, gentle person who never caused anyone any harm. She was beautiful and in the prime of her life. Courtney was also intelligent and very skilled. She had graduated from college and had two degrees to her name. She was employed in the healthcare industry and her career was only picking up. Courtney was laid to rest four days after the accident by her two brothers, parents, and grandmother.
Although Courtney’s accident was one of the thousands that occur every year in the United States, it doesn’t make it any less tragic. Like her family, there are countless families all over the world who have to deal with the heartbreak of losing someone special to a simple mistake.
Why texting and driving is a dangerous combination
In the past few years, more and more people have become addicted to their phones. With the advent of smartphones, you can be connected to all your social media and other profiles at all times from anywhere in the world.
Despite these advancements in technology, there are some things that require more attention and higher prioritization. One of these things is your safety as well as the safety of others around you. If you are driving your car and remain distracted by your phone, either texting or even speaking to someone, you are putting yourself and others around you in danger.
Not paying attention to the road, even for a millisecond, can result in a deadly accident. Even if you survive, you may be the cause of the injury or fatality of someone else. You certainly don’t need that hanging on your conscience for the rest of your life.
God gave you this precious life so that you can reach new heights and serve others. It would be wrong if you took it for granted and make unnecessary mistakes that could cost your life as well the lives of others.