Woman charged in motorcyclist death changes plea

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Carol Ann Sacca By Andrew Michalscheck Carol Ann Sacca By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- A woman charged in 2012 after hitting and killing a motorcyclist while driving the wrong way on a Phoenix freeway has pleaded guilty in the case.

Authorities say Carol Ann Sacca drove the wrong direction in August 2012 on the Loop 101 when her sedan struck the motorcycle head-on. Scott Benson, of Tempe, died.

Police say Sacca admitted taking a long-acting dose of morphine earlier that day and muscle relaxers but that she had prescriptions for them.

Sacca originally pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and several counts of endangerment. She pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter and two counts of endangerment. Sentencing is set for Sept. 13.

Sacca says she accidentally got on the freeway headed in the wrong direction when she struck the motorcyclist.