Police have accused an Apex man of picking up Kiera Jo Sprouse on the Beltline and giving her a ride home after a crash in which police said her car hit a motorcycle at an estimated 113 mph and killed its rider last month.
Leroy Linwood Kelley, 33, of 103 Knightsborough Way surrendered Monday at the Wake County Detention Center.
In Kelley’s arrest warrant, crash investigator P.G. Manukas wrote that Kelley “did aid the escape of Kiera Jo Sprouse from the scene of a fatal vehicle crash by picking her up from the scene and driving her back to her residence.”
Sprouse was charged with murder, driving while impaired and other felonies after the crash that killed Thomas Anstey of Cary on Jan. 19. Police arrested her at her apartment about two hours after the crash.
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Investigators said Sprouse’s car was going an estimated 113 mph when it hit Anstey’s motorcycle from behind about 12:30 a.m. on the Beltline. They also said they found no indication Sprouse had braked before or after the collision.
Sprouse left her car on the highway where it stopped after dragging Anstey’s bike hundreds of feet down the pavement.
Kelley’s picking up Sprouse “was not the result of a random act,” police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said. She declined to discuss what else led police to Kelley.
Earlier this month, crash investigators got a search warrant for information on Sprouse’s cellphone.
“The data located in the cellular phone could help determine where Ms. Sprouse was coming from and if she had contacted anyone before or after the collision occurred,” police said when they asked for the search warrant.
Hourigan would not say whether the phone showed Sprouse had called Kelley or whether they knew each other.
Sprouse worked at a Carolina Ale House, police said when they arrested her. Kelley is listed as working for a concrete company.
The charge listed on Kelley’s arrest warrant was felony hit and run inflicting serious injury or death, but police said he aided and abetted that crime, which is one of the charges against Sprouse.
Kelley was held in lieu of $250,000 bail for a first court appearance Tuesday.
State records show that Kelley was put on 30 months’ probation in June 2012 after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Orange County.
The magistrate that set his bail wrote that he had been free on $75,000 bail after being charged with a probation violation.
Sprouse is being held without bail.