Southwest Wake News

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

A Raleigh woman was driving an estimated 113 miles per hour when she hit the back of a motorcycle on the Beltline at Glenwood Avenue shortly after midnight Monday, killing the motorcycle rider.

Kiera Jo Sprouse was arrested at her home at 10610 Westgate Club Drive about 3.5 hours after the accident, which took place about 12:20 a.m., police said. It’s not clear how she got from the accident scene to her home.

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

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

Anstey died at the scene, police said.

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

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 police 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.

Sprouse has a court date in a Pitt County court in Greenville in connection with several traffic charges, including driving while impaired, in 2013.

Court records state that she was living in Greenville at the time.

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Pitt County courts calendar, Sprouse has pending charges for driving while impaired; driving with a license that had been revoked for 30 days because of an earlier traffic charge; not having headlights on in a car; driving left of the center line of a road and having an open container of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