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Updated Jul 11, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Woman changes plea in Tempe motorcyclist's death

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

Authorities said 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 said Sacca admitted taking a long-acting dose of morphine earlier that day and muscle relaxers but that she had prescriptions for them. She said she accidentally got on the wrong freeway ramp.

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.

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