D.C. Woman Gets 7 Years for Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Friday, Jul 26, 2013  |  Updated 12:26 PM EDT
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D.C. Woman Gets 7 Years for Fatal Pedestrian Accident

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The Southwest D.C. woman will spend the next seven years in prison for fatally striking a 58-year-old woman back in April.

Maria Werts, 49, pleaded guilty to an involuntary manslaughter a month after the First Street SW accident. Werts' sentence was the result of a plea agreement.

Werts admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking cocaine prior to the April 28 accident on First Street SW. After losing control of her car, Werts jumped a curb and pinned 58-year-old Emmajean Gainey to a tree. Gainey died instantly.

Werts also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She will be placed on five years of supervised release upon the completion of her prison sentence.

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