13-month Gaston County baby dies in Wadesboro wreck

By Imari Scarbrough

December 26, 2013

The Wadesboro Police Department is investigating a Christmas Day crash that resulted in several injuries and the death of a baby.

The Hoopers were heading home to Gaston County from Hamlet in their Volkswagon on Highway 74 West when they crossed the center line and hit Clay and Saundra Davis’ Dodge Intrepid, which was going eastbound at 4 p.m., according to WSOC.

The baby was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center but died Christmas night while her parents and uncle were being treated at Anson Community Hospital, according to WSOC.

The Davises were heading from Richfield, N.C. to Wadesboro for a family gathering when their car was hit head-on by the Hoopers’ vehicle and both vehicles caught fire. Clay was taken to Anson Community Hospital and was soon released. WSOC reported that Saundra was initially trapped inside the Dodge but was freed and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, from which she has since been released.

The police are still investigating why the Hoopers’ car went over the center line.

Supporters have made a Facebook prayer chain for Alexis Hooper and her family at this link. Follow next week’s issue for more details.