Fauquier candy magnate involved in fatal crash in Aldie
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Jacqueline Badger Mars
By Crystal Owens
UPDATE: Kent Jarrell, an attorney and spokesman for Jaqueline Mars, released a statement to news media about the crash:
"On Friday October 4th, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Jacquie Mars was involved in a two vehicle accident in Loudoun County, Virginia. She was hospitalized for her injuries and is now recuperating at home. This tragedy has left Jacquie filled with sorrow for the loss of life and those who were injured in the accident. She would like to express her deepest condolences to the families involved.”
Jacqueline Badger Mars, 73, of The Plains, co-owner of the candy company Mars, Inc., was involved in a fatal Oct. 4 vehicle accident in Aldie.
A crash at about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on Route 50 near Briar Patch Lane in Aldie claimed the life Irene C. Ellisor, 86, of Huntsville, Texas, after the minivan of which she was a passenger was hit head-on by the driver of a 2004 Porsche SUV, according to authorities from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The SUV was traveling west when it hit the eastbound minivan. The minivan had six occupants, including a pregnant woman who was trapped inside the vehicle. Three occupants of the minivan, all women from Huntsville, Texas, were taken from the scene with serious injuries and remained hospitalized as of Oct. 8 in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
The driver of the SUV, Jacqueline Badger Mars, 73, of The Plains, suffered minor injuries and was later released from Inova Fairfax Hospital. The crash is under review by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office as to whether charges will be filed against Mars.
Mars in the partial owner of Mars, the largest candy company in the world. She ranks No. 15 on Forbes 400 list and No. 36 in billionaires worldwide. Forbes listed her net worth at $20.5 billion.
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