A District woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence, charges stemming from an incident last month in which the woman’s car jumped a sidewalk, pinned a pedestrian to a tree and killed her.
Maria N. Werts, 49, faces up to seven years in prison if D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert Dixon accepts the terms of her plea deal. If Werts had gone to trial and been convicted, she could have been sentenced to more than 30 years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward O’Connell said that about 2:45 p.m. April 28, Werts smoked crack cocaine and drank coconut vodka before getting behind the wheel of a 2010 Toyota Yaris. Werts did not have a valid driver’s license, and the vehicle tags had expired, prosecutors said. She drove down First Street SW and ran a red light at the intersection of South Capitol Street before making an illegal right turn, authorities said.