The heiress to the Mars Candy fortune will appear in December to answer a charge of reckless driving. Jacqueline Mars faces the misdemeanor charge in connection with a fatal crash in Virginia earlier this month.
Authorities say Mars was driving a Porsche SUV in Aldie alone on October 4 when it crossed the center line and hit a minivan carrying a group of women. The sheriff’s office says 86-year-old minivan passenger Irene Ellisor of Texas died at the scene. Ellisor was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.
According to Forbes, the driver of the van sustained critical injuries and lost her eight-month-old unborn child.
Billionaire Mars was served Tuesday with a summons to appear in Loudoun General District Court on December 5. Mars’ spokesman says she “regrets this tragic accident” and her thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered injury and loss.
Mars is a supporter of equestrian sport and is an owner of competition horses in eventing. She is also an avid foxhunter.