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Maria Werts gets 7 years for fatal pedestrian accident

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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. 

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

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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