Crime

Police: Car in 100 mph crash with motorcycle never braked

The woman accused of killing a Cary man when she hit his motorcycle from behind on the Beltline at more than 100 mph never applied the brakes before the collision, Raleigh police said in asking for a search warrant to examine her cellphone.

Kiera Jo Sprouse is charged with second-degree murder, driving while impaired, aggravated felony death by vehicle and felony hit-and-run. Police told a magistrate that they think data from her phone might help them find out where and what Sprouse, 23, had been drinking before the accident.

“There is no evidence that Ms. Sprouse ever applied the brakes before or after the time the collision occurred” on Interstate 440 on Jan. 19, Senior Officer J.E. Rigsbee, a member of the police Crash Reconstruction Unit, wrote to a magistrate.

The warrant application lays out the details of the crash that killed Thomas John Anstey, 50.

Anstey’s 2003 Honda motorcycle was dragged more than 500 feet by Sprouse’s Ford Focus, then the motorcycle and car kept going, scraped along a concrete barrier, then skidded down the pavement for almost an additional 1,300 feet, Rigsbee reported.

Police arrested Sprouse at her apartment about two hours later. The arresting officers said a breath test then showed a blood alcohol level of 0.13, higher than the legal driving limit of 0.08.

Sprouse’s car was at the crash scene, and it’s not clear how she got to her apartment in Brier Creek.

“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,” Rigsbee wrote in the warrant application.

The iPhone 5 has a number with an area code from the part of upstate New York where Sprouse was convicted of driving while impaired in 2012.

Court calendars show she has a court appearance scheduled next Monday on the felony charges from the crash and next Friday on numerous traffic charges, including driving without a license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

A pending DWI charge in Pitt County from 2013 is on a court calendar there for March 16.

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