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13-month-old from Gaston County dies in Christmas Day crash


Wadesboro Police are investigating a deadly Christmas Day crash.

Investigators say a Volkswagon driving westbound on Highway 74 in Anson County crossed the line and hit a Dodge Intrepid going eastbound head-on at about 4:01 p.m. Several people were hurt and a baby died.

According to Wadesboro Police, the Hooper family was in the Volkswagon, heading back home to Gaston County after a holiday get-together in Hamlet.

Police said dad Alexander was driving with wife Kelsey in the front passenger seat. Alexander's younger brother Caleb, 19, was in the backseat with baby Alexis.

Investigators don't yet know what caused the Hooper family's Volkswagon to cross the center line and hit the oncoming Dodge.

Baby Alexis was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center but died Christmas night. Officers said Alexis was properly restrained in a car seat when the crash happened. The picture you see with this story was taken just two weeks before her birthday in November.

All three adults were taken to Anson Community Hospital.  They were later transferred to CMC Main.  Alexis' grandmother said the parents didn't get to say goodbye.  Both have been told about their daughter's death. But Kelsey keeps crying out for her daughter, "Lexi."

Alexander Hooper is listed in fair condition. Kelsey Hooper is listed as critical, and Caleb Hooper is listed in good condition.

Police said there were two adults in the Dodge Intrepid. Clay and Saundra Davis are from Richfield, Stanly County. They were headed to a family gathering in Wadesboro when their car was hit.

WBTV spoke with Victoria Price, a witness who helped the Hooper family before emergency crews arrived.

"We pounded on that window and told the passenger (Kelsey) to turn her head and we tried everything to break out the glass to get her out," Price said.

"I stayed with Kelsey and held her hand and got her hair out of her face and tried to keep her alert and do everything I could to be there for her," she said.

Clay Davis was taken to Anson Community Hospital and has since been released. Saundra Davis was trapped in the vehicle. After she was freed, she was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center where she remains. 

A Facebook prayer chain has been started for Alexis Hooper and her family. You can find it here.

The young family has a lot of support from friends who started the facebook page, Prayer Chain for the Hooper family. 

Kelsey Hooper's High school classmates are planning a vigil for the family Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Courthouse. And many more are offering their prayers for the family.

Kelsey's mom said her daughter is in ICU and they anticipate another surgery Friday.

She just learned of the facebook page Thursday afternoon.

She said it is not managed by the family. 

She's thankful for the support and plans to get involved. 

There are talks about donating money to the family. 

The family is working on setting up an account. 

That won't happen until sometime Friday.

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