Police now say father was not texting while driving

Police now say father was not texting while driving


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 6:20 AM

WADESBORO, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte has learned the father of a girl killed in a Christmas day crash was not texting while driving, according to updated information from the Wadesboro Police Department.

Police originally said Monday that Alex Hooper sent a text saying “Merry Christmas” moments before the wreck.

The department corrected the conclusions of the initial report, Tuesday, saying upon further review, Hooper had been the recipient of that text.

Hooper was facing a charge of texting while driving. His 13-month old daughter, Lexi, died from her injuries following the crash.

Hooper will now be cited with a traffic violation, for crossing the center line.

The department ruled out speed, fatigue, or the influence of alcohol/drugs as a factor in the crash.

The department has not determined why Hooper drifted into oncoming traffic.

“The investigation has been turned over to the District Attorney's office. We know he crossed the center lane, but there is no way I can, or my investigator, prove that he actually responded to the text, or looked at the text. Only he knows that,” said Chief T.L. Spencer.

Spencer says he called Hooper, and that he was receptive to the apology made on behalf of the department.
"We wanted to send our apologies to them, especially if we caused some inconvenience."
Spencer says, he cannot divulge Hooper’s response to his retelling of what happened before the crash.

He says all that will be considered by the D.A. Office during a meeting on Wednesday.

Police say, Hooper's car struck another vehicle head-on, occupied by a couple from Richfield. 

The woman remains in the hospital with severe injuries.