Hooper received ‘Merry Christmas’ text just before crash

Last updated: January 07. 2014 12:50PM - 4341 Views
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The father of a 13-month-old baby who died in a wreck on Christmas will be charged in relation to the crash, according to an accident report.

Alexander Hooper, of Cramerton is being charged with crossing the center line. Although it was originally reported that Hooper was texting at the time of the accident, Wadesboro Police Chief Thedis Spencer said, “Mr. Hooper will not be charged with texting and driving. That was a mistake on our part.”

Spencer said that cell phone records show Hooper received a text message reading “Merry Christmas” at 3:57 p.m. “We do not know if he picked up the phone and read the message,” Spencer said.

Hooper, 24, was driving on U.S. 74 West from Hamlet to Gaston County near Morven Freight Line Road when his 2007 Volkswagen Jetta crossed the center line and hit a 2001 Dodge Intrepid going eastbound, according to the report.

Alexis Hooper, only 13 months old, was the sole fatality. She died Christmas night after being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center. Her father, Alexander, mother, Kelsey, and Alexander’s younger brother Caleb were all injured and taken to Anson Community Hospital before being transferred to CMC-Main.

Thomas Clay Davis, 49, the driver of the Dodge, was taken to Anson Community Hospital and was soon released. His wife, Saundra, was airlifted to CMC-Main after being extricated from her vehicle. They had been on their way from Richfield in Stanly County to a family holiday gathering in Anson County before the crash.

The crash caused an estimated $15,000 damage to the Volkswagon and about $8,000 damage to the Dodge, according to the report. Both vehicles’ engine compartments caught on fire but were extinguished before the flames reached the passenger areas.

Both drivers passed tests for impairing substances, including alcohol, narcotics and pharmaceuticals, and fatigue was not a factor, according to the WPD. Police also believe that both cars were driving at or below the posted speed limit of 55 M.P.H. and that baby Alexis was properly fastened in an approved child passenger safety (CPS) seat that appeared to be properly installed in the vehicle.

Supporters have made a Facebook prayer chain for Alexis Hooper and her family at www.facebook.com/pages/Prayer-chain-for-the-hooper-family.

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