Vigil Held for 13-Month-Old Girl Killed in Crash on Christmas

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CHARLOTTE, NC– Family and friends lit candles Monday night to remember a 13-month-old girl killed in a car accident on Christmas day. It comes as investigators release new information about the crash that claimed the life of Alexis Hooper.

Monday night, a sea of pink t-shirts, candlelight, and the sounds of Amazing Grace filled an outdoor gazebo in Dallas to pay respects to a little life taken far too soon. The life of one-year-old Alexis “Lexi” Hooper.

For the Hooper family, Christmas day ended in tragedy. Lexi was killed when her family’s car crossed the median and smashed into an oncoming truck on US 74 in Wadesboro.

Lexi’s mother Kelsey suffered a spinal fracture. Her father, Alex, was also hurt. An uncle who was in the back seat is out of the hospital.

According to new information by Wadesboro Police, both drivers tested negative for drugs or alcohol, and speed and fatigue were not factors in the crash. Investigators also say Lexi was properly fastened into her car seat.

Dallas resident Jack Ray says the loss of a child, like Lexi, brings a type of sadness that resonates through an entire community. But, he says, through tragedy comes togetherness.

“I hope in some ways, this inspires the family,” says Ray, “…we’re just here to show support, to let them know we love them.”

The family has set up a memorial fund in Alexis’ honor. Starting January 3, you can donate through Bank of America to the Alexis Machon Hooper contribution account.