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Police: No charges filed in Christmas wreck that killed 13-month-old


Police in Wadeboro say no charges have been filed in a wreck that killed a 13-month-old girl on Christmas Day.

According to the Wadesboro Police Department, officers were called to US 74 near Morven Freight Line Road on Wednesday around 4:01 pm to the report of a crash.

Thirteen-month-old Alexis Hooper was killed in the crash.

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

Police say the family's Volkswagen crossed the center line and hit an oncoming Dodge Intrepid.

According to officers, driver Alexander Hooper, his wife Kelsey Hooper and his younger brother Caleb Hooper were injured in the crash, as well.

Officers say both vehicles were on fire when they arrived, but the fire was restricted to the engine compartments of both vehicles. 

Officers say a passenger in the Dodge, Saundra Davis, had to be rescued from the vehicle and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.  She is currently listed in Fair condition.

Her husband, Clay Davis, was transported to Anson Community Hospital where he was later released. 

Carolinas Medical Center says Alexander Hooper and Kelsey Hooper have been upgraded to Fair condition.  Caleb Hooper was treated and released.

According to police, Samaritans stopped to assist the two families and helped get them out of the vehicles before first-responders arrived.

Alexis Hooper, 13-month-old, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

Police say Alexis was properly fastened in an approved child passenger safety seat, which was properly installed in the vehicle.   

"After a careful examination of the evidence, the investigative team has been able to definitively determine that no type of alcohol, narcotic or pharmaceutical impairment was involved in this collision," officials told WBTV on Monday. "Both drivers of each vehicle all tested negative for any type of an impairing substance."

Officers say both vehicles were doing the appropriate speed and they do not have any reason to believe that fatigue was involved. 

"Our investigative team has met with the District Attorney's Office and presented our evidence and findings to them," officials told WBTV. "We are awaiting a decision from them as to whether or not any charges will be filed against any driver's involved in the crash."

"This tragedy is one felt by all of us.  It's a terrible thing to lose a family member, especially on a day that is centered around being together with family," said Chief Thedis Spencer of the Wadesboro Police Department. 

"I want to let the families of all of those involved know that the officers of the Wadesboro Police Department send out our condolences and prayers to you," he continued. "I also want to thank all of the good Samaritans who stopped to help, as well as all of the officers and first-responders who, when faced with a devastating tragedy, worked professionally and diligently to help these two families in their time of need."

Monday night, friends and family members held a vigil for the Hooper family in Dallas, NC. About 100 people came out to show their support for the family.

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