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Raleigh woman accused in Cary man’s fatal motorcycle crash faces murder charge

Limited appearance attorney Bill Young, left, escorts DWI defendant Kiera Jo Sprouse, 23, as she makes her first Wake District Court appearance Jan. 20, District Judge Keith Gregory. Sprouse is accused of striking a motorcyclist from behind at high speed early Jan. 20 before killing the rider, Thomas John Anstey, 50, of Cary, on the Raleigh Beltline. On Wednesday, Wake County prosecutors upgraded charges against Sprouse, charging her with second-degree murder and aggravated felony death by vehicle.
Limited appearance attorney Bill Young, left, escorts DWI defendant Kiera Jo Sprouse, 23, as she makes her first Wake District Court appearance Jan. 20, District Judge Keith Gregory. Sprouse is accused of striking a motorcyclist from behind at high speed early Jan. 20 before killing the rider, Thomas John Anstey, 50, of Cary, on the Raleigh Beltline. On Wednesday, Wake County prosecutors upgraded charges against Sprouse, charging her with second-degree murder and aggravated felony death by vehicle. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Wake County prosecutors upgraded charges against a Raleigh woman accused of driving drunk at an excessive speed and killing a Cary motorcyclist on the Beltline.

Kiera Jo Sprouse now faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Thomas John Anstey, 50, of Cary. Sprouse also faces aggravated felony death by vehicle.

Prosecutors file second-degree murder charges in such cases when they contend reckless malice has occurred.

Prosecutors say Sprouse had a pending DWI charge in Pitt County when the wreck occurred early Monday. She also had an alcohol-related conviction in New York.

Police say Anstey was driving a Ford car an estimated 113 mph when she hit the back of Antsey’s Honda motorcycle in the westbound lanes of the Beltline at Glenwood Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. Monday.

She was arrested at her home in Brier Creek about 3 1/2 hours later, police said.

Sprouse, 23, faces a slew of other charges: felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit and run causing death, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, no operator's license, no insurance, expired registration plate, and driving while impaired.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said the charges were upgraded after investigators gathered additional information.

Police found Sprouse’s car abandoned on the Beltline, spokesman Jim Sughrue said earlier this week. It was not clear how she got from the highway to her home in Brier Creek.

Sprouse remains in the Wake County jail under $1.1 million bail.

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