Maria N. Werts sentenced to 7 years for hitting & killing Emmajean Gainey

12:14 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A D.C. woman was sentenced to seven years in prison for hitting and killing someone while driving under the influence.

Maria N. Werts, 49, pled guilty in May 2013 to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence. 

On April 28, 2013, Werts was driving on First Street SW at about 2:45 p.m. when she ran a red light at the intersection of South Capitol Street, officials said.

Werts lost control of her car, drove onto the sidewalk, and hit a pedestrian, officials said.

The pedestrian, identified as Emmajean Gainey, 58, was hit head on and pinned against a tree between the sidewalk and the roadway. She died instantly.

Witnesses saw Werts get out of the car and attempt to leave the scene, but they were able to stop her until police arrived. Werts failed sobriety tests, officials said.

Just before getting in the car, Werts admitted to drinking malt liquor and smoking crack cocaine, officials said.

Werts claimed she was just a passenger of the car, but witnesses confirmed that she was the driver, officials said.

After her prison term, Werts will be on five years of supervised release.

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