Family copes with loss of baby killed in crash

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - "She was a very precious child, a very loved child," said Michelle Mason, as she talked about her granddaughter 13-month-old Alexis Hooper, called "Lexi."

Mason said Lexi was always happy and a source of happiness, as well. Lexi was the first grandchild for her parents' parents.

"We treasured her and we always will," said Mason.

Mason said that her daughter Kelsey Hooper, her son-in-law Alex Hooper, his brother Caleb and Lexi were driving from one family's home to another Christmas evening when they were involved a crash.

Lexi was killed and now her parents are in the hospital.

"They were a picture-perfect family," said Mason.

On Friday, Mason said that Alex Hooper is progressing well, but remains in the hospital. Carolinas Medical Center said Caleb Hooper remains the in the hospital as well.

Mason said Kelsey Hooper had her second surgery Friday and should be taken off her ventilator soon. She said that Kelsey Hooper had a spinal fracture and will have to wear a brace, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The emotional side will take more time. Mason said her daughter and son-in-law knew their daughter died the night it happened.

"She's not been able to really express her emotions yet but she knows," said Mason. She said her daughter has been communicating to family by writing notes on a notepad.

Mason told Eyewitness News that she and Alex Hooper's family are grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received. They hope that support and the prayers continue, but are asking now for a little space.

"Please give our family some peace so we can deal with what we have to deal with in our way," said Mason.

Mason said the sons of Saundra and Clay Davis visited Alex Friday. The Davis' were in the other car involved in the crash. Mason said the visit meant a lot to her and she hopes the community will pray for that family as well. The sons told Alex Hooper their mother is still in the hospital with serious injuries.

Mason said a fund is being set up for the family at Bank of America. It will be called the Alexis Machon Hooper Memorial Fund Contribution Account and donations can be sent beginning Jan. 3.

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