The Saddest Facebook Status

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At 8:33 A.M. on Thursday, a 32-year-old woman driving to work in High Point, North Carolina, took out her phone and posted to Facebook:

The Happy Song makes me so HAPPY.

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At 8:34 A.M., police were notified of a crash.

In the moment she posted the message, the woman crossed over the median of Interstate 85 and collided with an oncoming recycling truck. She died.

71 percent of young Americans say they have written a message while driving. In 2012, an estimated 3,328 Americans died in crashes related to distracted driving.

 

Related: Werner Herzog's Graphic Case Against Distracted Driving

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