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Maria Werts gets 7 years for fatal pedestrian accident

Emmajean Gainey was a beloved grandmother and member of the Southwest Washington community.

A Washington woman who admitted to drinking liquor and smoking crack cocaine before fatally striking a Southwest woman{ }in April 2013 was{ }sentenced Friday to seven years.{ }

Maria N. Werts, 49, pleaded guilty in May to killing 58-year-old Emmajean Gainey, who was{ }walking on the sidewalk{ }along South Capitol Street SW.{ }

Prosecutors say Werts drank malt liquor and smoked crack before getting behind the wheel of her car. A short time later, Werts ran a red light on First Street SW and made an illegal{ }right-hand turn onto South Capitol Street.{ }

Police say Werts lost control of her Toyota, drove{ }onto the sidewalk, and hit Gainey head-on.{ }Gainey became pinned against a tree,{ }killing her instantly.{ }

Werts' sentence also includes five years of supervised release.{ }

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