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The father of a young girl killed in a Christmas Day crashed has been charged.

Police say Alex Hooper was texting while driving his Volkswagen Jetta. Hooper crossed the median on Highway 74 and crashed into a Dodge Intrepid coming from the opposite direction, according to the police department.

Following an investigation, Wadesboro Police said Monday Hooper sent a text message saying Merry Christmas moments before the crash.

Hooper has been charged for texting while driving and driving left of center.

Hooper s daughter Lexi was asleep in the back seat at the time of the crash. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

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