A Raleigh woman who was driving over 100 mph on Interstate 440 in January 2015 when she crashed into and killed a motorcyclist will spend her next decade in prison.
Keira Jo Sprouse, 24, was sentenced Wednesday in Wake County Superior Court to at least 12 years in prison for second-degree murder, felonious hit-and-run and driving while impaired.
Thomas James Anstey, 50, a tech specialist for Caterpillar who had moved to the Triangle from Wisconsin, died at the scene. He was driving a Honda motorcycle when he was hit from behind.
Sprouse had been charged with driving while impaired twice before the fatal wreck. She apologized in court Wednesday, while Anstey’s family sat in the courtroom gallery.
Sprouse was driving an estimated 115 mph on Jan. 19, 2015, when she hit the motorcycle Anstey was driving on the Beltline near the Glenwood Avenue exit.
Sprouse left the scene of the accident and abandoned the Ford she was driving on the side of the road. She was arrested at her home in Brier Creek about 3 1/2 hours after the collision, which took place shortly after midnight.
According to court documents, she registered a 0.13 blood-alcohol content after police arrested her.
Jason Waller, the assistant Wake County district attorney who prosecuted the case, described Sprouse’s decision to drive that night “an intentional act.”
Sprouse will get credit for the 14 months she has spent in the Wake County jail.