Woman pleads not guilty to driving wrong way, killing motorcyclist

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The woman accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist while driving the wrong way on the Loop 101 has entered a plea in the case.

Carol Ann Sacca, 59, was in court Wednesday where she entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. She’s due back in court on November 7.

Sacca was arrested in late August after she began driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Loop 101 and hit Tempe resident Scott Benson.

Following her arrest, Sacca told investigators that she was taking at least 10 different medications, some of them just hours before the accident.

Sacca also told police that she had accidentally gotten onto the eastbound 101 from the SR 51 and panicked when she realized her mistake.

Needing to get back to the westbound lanes, Sacca said she made a U-turn on the highway and started driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.

She said she knew she was going in the wrong direction, but didn’t know how to handle the situation.

A second motorcycle rider was also injured in the accident. He suffered lacerations to his left hand and leg, and was treated and released from the hospital.