Louisburg, N.C. — State Highway Patrol troopers said Monday that they are investigating whether road rage was a factor in a crash in Franklin County last week that killed a toddler.
Troopers said a Volkswagen and a Nissan were both southbound on U.S. Highway 401 near N.C. Highway 56 on Friday morning, with the Nissan in a right-turn-only lane. The Nissan continued south on U.S. 401 after the turn lane ended, and the car collided with the Volkswagen as the Nissan’s driver tried to cut into the southbound lane, authorities said.
The collision forced the Volkswagen to cross the center line and hit a northbound Honda, authorities said, and the Volkswagen then continued across the highway, overturning in a creek along the side of the road.
Michelle “Mimi” Zavala, 22 months old, of Louisburg, a passenger in the Volkswagen, died Saturday of injuries from the crash.
A memorial that includes LEGOs, bananas and juice – all items Mimi loved, according to her family – has sprung up along the side of U.S. 401. Her father stopped by the memorial Monday