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Police: Woman was going 113 mph when she hit, killed motorcyclist on Raleigh Beltline

A Raleigh woman was driving an estimated 113 mph when she hit the back of a motorcycle on the Beltline at Glenwood Avenue early Monday, killing the rider, according to Raleigh police.

Kiera Jo Sprouse was arrested at her home at 10610 Westgate Club Drive about 3 1/2 hours after the collision, which took place about 12:20 a.m., police said. It’s not clear how she got from the crash scene to her home, which is off T.W. Alexander Drive in Brier Creek.

Sprouse, 23, has been charged with felony death by vehicle, felony hit and run, driving while impaired and driving without a license.

She is also facing several charges in a Pitt County court, including driving while impaired, related to a 2013 traffic incident.

Police said Thomas John Anstey, 50, of Cary was riding his 2003 Honda motorcycle about 60 mph on Interstate 440 when he was hit from behind by Sprouse’s 2013 Ford.

Anstey died at the scene, police said. He has owned a home in the Oakland Heights subdivision since 1992, according to property records. He was a technology manager for Caterpillar and enjoyed photography and motorcycles, according to online profiles.

Sprouse was being held in lieu of $26,000 bail at the Wake County Detention Center on Monday.

The motorcycle and car collided in the westbound lanes of the Beltline, police said, and that side of the interstate was closed for several hours while the department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit investigated.

The road reopened in time for morning traffic on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

In addition to the other charges, Sprouse was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, having no insurance on her vehicle and having an expired registration.

According to the Pitt County courts calendar, Sprouse has pending charges of driving while impaired; driving with a license that had been revoked for 30 days because of an earlier traffic charge; not having headlights on in a car; driving left of the center line of a road and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a vehicle. Staff writer Andrew Kenney contributed.

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