Maria N. Werts Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter In Traffic Fatality in S.W. Washington

8:16 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Maria N. Werts, 49 of Washington plead guilty today in connection to charges of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence from a recent traffic accident which left one woman dead, officials said. 

58-year-old Emmajean Gainey who was walking on the sidewalk was killed April 28, between 1st street and South Capitol street in Southwest, shortly after 3 p.m. when a white Toyota Yaris went off the road and hit her, pinning her against a tree, it said in a press release. 

Werts was drinking malt liquor and smoking crack cocaine immediately before getting behind the wheel of a 2010 Toyota Yaris, with which she ran a red light and causing the accident, officials said. Witnesses saw Werts get out of the Toyota's driver's seat after the accident and attempted to leave the scene when she was stopped until police arrived.

Witnesses said Gainey had gone to church earlier in the day and was on her way to buy groceries for the family.

"This was always her routine...this is beginning to be to much for me," her son Shaun Watson said.

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