Raleigh woman pleads guilty, gets prison time for I-440 crash
Posted March 30
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh woman pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to second-degree murder in connection with a crash on Interstate 440 in January 2015.
"I just want to say I'm sorry," Kiera Jo Sprouse told a judge.
"This was not a mistake," prosecutor Jason Waller said, pointing to the fact that Sprouse was going 115 mph at the time of the crash and fled the scene after hitting the rear of Thomas John Anstey's motorcycle. Anstey, 50, died at the scene. "This was an intentional act by the defendant to put not only Mr. Antsey but other individuals of Wake County in danger that night."
When police arrested Sprouse at her apartment 10 miles away about two hours later, court documents indicate, she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13.
Her attorney, Bill Young, acknowledged that Sprouse had two previous DWI convictions.
"Obviously, Miss Sprouse had a developing addiction clear from two prior DWI occurrences. But what happened on this night can happen to any young person partying who has too much too drink and doesn't have the judgment to make that decision to not get in that car and not to ultimately kill that person," Young said.
Sprouse, of 10610-404 Westgate Club Drive, also pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run and driving while impaired. She was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, but will get credit for the 14 months she's already served.
Antsey was an IT specialist for Caterpiller and moved to the Triangle from Wisconsin. His family was in court Wednesday morning.