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Bond bumped to $1.1M in motorcyclist's death

Posted January 20, 2015

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— A woman charged with a litany of crimes in connection with the death of a Cary motorcycle rider early Monday saw her bail bumped up to $1.1 million, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Investigators said Kiera Jo Sprouse, 23, of 10610 Westgate Club Drive, had a blood alcohol content of .13 when she hit the back of a motorcycle operated by Thomas John Anstey on Interstate 440 near Glenwood Avenue shortly before 12:30 a.m. midnight Monday.

Police said Sprouse fled the scene in her white 2013 Ford sedan, and she was arrested several hours later at her apartment 10 miles away.

Anstey, 50, died in the crash.

According to a wreck report, Sprouse was traveling at an estimated 115 mph when her car hit Anstey, who was going 60 mph.

Sprouse faces numerous charges: driving while impaired, felony death by motor vehicle, hit and run causing death, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, driving without a license, driving without insurance and driving a vehicle with expired registration.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jason Waller said more charges are possible.

"We're meeting with the law enforcement officers, and we'll take any steps necessary if the case presents itself that way," Waller said.

According to court records, Sprouse is scheduled to appear in court on March 16 in Pitt County, where she faces several charges, including driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.

Antsey, originally from Wisconsin, had lived in Cary since 1992, according to friends and neighbors.

He was an information technology specialist for Caterpillar and was also a motorcycle enthusiast.

Neighbors said he was generous and kind and would often mow neighbors' lawns for them.

"That's the generous kind of caring person that he was," said neighbor and friend Nancy Colegrove. "We're still sort of in a state of shock about the whole accident."

They say he took motorcycle safety very seriously, and they cannot believe that his life was taken so tragically.

Sprouse is a bartender at Carolina Ale House in north Raleigh, but she was not working the night of the wreck, according to the restaurant.

"She was a great friend, and she made a horrible mistake that she is very sorry for," Sprouse's roommate, Katie Hughes, said Tuesday. "She's just a young girl trying to make it in this world."