Regrettably, Courtney did not pull over to take the picture. While still driving, she opened her phone's photo application, framed the shot, smiled, snapped the photo, and then posted it to Facebook. While Courtney was submitting her post, her car veered across the center median into oncoming traffic traveling at 45 miles per hour.
Tragedy From Distraction
Courtney's Corolla collided with a 24,000 pound recycling truck, the car left the road, impacted a tree and burst into flames.
Heartache For Her Family
Courtney was killed instantly. She worked in the healthcare industry and was a college graduate with two degrees. Four days after the crash her parents, grandmother, and her two brothers laid her to rest. Courtney was 32 years old.
When discussing the accident with the media, Police Lieutenant Chris Weisner made the grim comparison between Courtney's accident and the many public service advertisements aired to warn against the dangers of texting while driving.
Courtney was a young, attractive woman in the prime of her life. Her death is made all the more tragic because it was so totally preventable.
Watch this video of Lieutenant Weisner's interview along with an ad warning against texting while driving.
Selfies Becoming Commonplace
Selfies have become commonplace in our society, we all take them, some of us even do so while driving. If you do, please stop, there are too many flower bouquets planted along the sides of our highways already.
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