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Jacqueline Badger Mars, billionaire co-owner of M&M's maker, charged in Va. fatal crash

Jacqueline Badger Mars, billionaire heiress, faces charges in Va. fatal crash CBS affiliate WUSA

Jacqueline Badger Mars, billionaire heiress, faces charges in Va. fatal crash
CBS affiliate WUSA
(CBS/AP) ALDIE, Va. - Jacqueline Badger Mars, an owner of McLean-based candy company Mars Inc., will face a reckless driving misdemeanor charge for her role in a fatal crash, says the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

The office says Mars was served Tuesday with a summons. According to the sheriff, Mars was driving a Porsche SUV in Aldie on Oct. 4 when it crossed the center line and hit a minivan. The sheriff's office says 86-year-old minivan passenger Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas, died at the scene.

According to Bloomberg.com, 74-year-old Mars has a net worth of $23.2 billion, which makes her the 27th richest person in the world.

Most of her fortune reportedly comes from owning one-third of Mars Inc., the world's second-largest candy maker. The company owns brands like Snickers, Milky Way and M&M's.

Mars is set to appear in court on Dec. 5.

A personal spokesman says Mars "regrets this tragic accident" and her thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered injury and loss.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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