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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.{}