On Sunday, April 28, a drunk driver in Southwest DC killed a pedestrian. The driver, 49-year-old Maria Nicole Werts of Southwest DC, was initially charged with a DUI and involuntary manslaughter after she lost control of her car and killed Emmajean Gainey on South Capitol Street. The charge was later changed to voluntary manslaughter.
Werts told arresting officers, after her BAC was found to be .09, that she had two malt liquors and two coconut vodka shots. She also admitted to smoking crack cocaine earlier in the day.
Gainey, who was walking to the grocery store with her fiancé Floyd Little, Sr., was on the sidewalk at 2:45 pm when Werts turned right at a red light on First Street. After nearly striking a car on South Capitol Street, she lost control of her vehicle and drove over the curb, striking Gainey and pinning her against a tree in the nearby woods.
Little said that as the car drove toward them, he ran into the street, and Gainey ran into the woods. Maria Nicole Werts was arrested at the scene
The Sunday afternoon walk was a ritual for Emmajean, who would go home to collect her grocery bags after attending church, and then walk to the store. Gainey’s family, including Little, are understandably devastated and shocked. When her own daughter passed away, Gainey stepped in to raise her four grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She was also a staple in her neighborhood, hosting Sunday evening barbeques.
The Washington, DC pedestrian accident injury lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins, PC in Bethesda extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to Emmajean Gainey’s family and friends.