Woman Dies In Car Crash After Hearing Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'
People are still enjoying the sounds of Pharrell Williams' "Happy," but the hit song was the last one a driver got to hear before she was killed.
Courtney Ann Sanford, 32, died on Thursday (April 24) in a car crash on the Business 85 in in High Point, N.C. She reportedly crossed the median and collided head-on with an oncoming truck. Investigators say Sanford made a Facebook post praising "Happy" on 8:33 a.m., just a minute before the wreck happened.
"The happy song makes me HAPPY!" Sanford says in the post.
Investigators believe that Sanford's decision to type Facebook post while driving was what cost her life.
"In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy," said High Point Police Department Lt. Chris Weisner. "As sad as it is, it is a grim reminder for everyone ... you just have to pay attention while you are in the car."
The driver of the truck isn't injured in the fatal accident.
The tragedy comes days after the song caused a touching moment between Oprah Winfrey and Williams during an interview on "Oprah Prime." The television host played videos of people from around the world dancing along to "Happy." The scene moved Williams to tears.
"It's overwhelming because it's like I love what I do," Williams said. "I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long, that I could make it to this point to feel that."
"Happy" has undoubtedly become a pop culture phenomenon. The song originally fell to the wayside as a song off the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack. Williams dropped the music video for it and the song then grew to be a mainstay at the Billboard's Hot 100's top spot.