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DEADLY CAR CRASH: BILLIONAIRE MARS CO-OWNER JACQUELINE BADGER MARS, 73, CRASHED HER 2004 PORSCHE SUV INTO A MINIVAN THAT KILLED ON THE SPOT IRENE ELLISOR, 86, WHO WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT DURING THE ACCIDENT

Jacqueline Badger Mars

Mars co-owner and one of world’s richest women worth $20.5B ‘kills  86-year-old grandmother’ after crashing her Porsche into minivan carrying five  wedding guests

By  Snejana Farberov Daily Mail PUBLISHED:  9 October 2013

Jacqueline Badger Mars, the 73-year-old  heiress of the Mars candy empire, has been involved in a car crash in Virginia  that killed an 86-year-old grandmother from Texas, according to  authorities.

Miss Mars, one of the richest people in the  world with a net worth estimated at $20.5billion, was driving her 2004 Porsche  SUV in Loudoun County Friday when she allegedly crossed the median on Route 50  and slammed into a 2013 Chrysler minivan.

A backseat passenger of the vehicle,  identified as 86-year-old Irene Ellisor, of Huntsville, Texas, was pronounced  dead at the scene.

Jacqueline Badger Mars
Irene

Deadly crash: Police say Mars candy empire heiress  Jacqueline Badger Mars (left), 73, was driving her Porsche when she allegedly  slammed head into a minivan, killing 86-year-old Irene Ellisor (right) on the  spot

 

Candy queen: Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers own the largest sweets manufacturer in the world with $33billion in salesCandy queen: Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers own  the largest sweets manufacturer in the world with $33billion in sales

 

Tycoon: Miss Mars, the divorced mother of three who turns 74 Thursday, was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 15th wealthiest person in the world Tycoon: Miss Mars, the divorced mother of three who  turns 74 Thursday, was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 15th wealthiest person  in the world

 

Palatial home: Miss Mars owns a lavish estate in The Plains, Virginia Palatial home: Miss Mars owns a lavish estate in The  Plains, Virginia

 

According to investigators, Mars, the  granddaughter of the founder of the Mars, Inc, candy, food and beverage giant,  was going westbound on Route 50 just before 2.30pm Friday when for some unknown  reason she reportedly veered across the double yellow line near Briar Patch  Lane, colliding head-on with the Chrysler minivan carrying six  women.

The victim, Irene Ellisor, was reportedly not  wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, The Washington Post reported.

The other five occupants of the vehicle were  hospitalized, among them the driver who was listed in serious condition,  according to Leesburg Today.

Mars, who turns 74 Thursday, was rushed to  Stone Springs Medical Center and was later transferred to Inova Fairfax  Hosptial, where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Ellisor and her companions traveled from  Texas to Virginia to attend the wedding of a relative, which was to be held  Friday night.

Ellisor
Ellisor

Tragic matriarch: Ellisor, pictured left and right at  her grandson’s graduation, traveled from Texas to Virginia last week to attend a  wedding; police say she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash

 

In a statement Tuesday, a spokesman for Mars  said the divorced mother of three was recovering at home after being involved in  a two-car accident.

‘This tragedy has left Jacquie filled with  sorrow for the loss of life and those who were injured,’ spokesman Kent Jarrell  stated. ‘She would like to express her deepest condolences to the families  involved.’

Innovator: Mars was founded in 1911 by Jacqueline Mars' grandfather, Frank Mars, who started his business by making chocolates in his Tacoma, Washington, kitchenAmbitious innovator: Mars was founded in 1911 by  Jacqueline Mars’ grandfather, Frank Mars, who started his business by making  chocolates in his Tacoma, Washington, kitchen

 

Miss Mars so far has not been charged with  any crime.

It is now up to the Office of Commonwealth’s  Attorney to decide if Mars will face any charges in the fatal  accident.

Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, John  and Forrest Jr., own Mars – the largest candy maker in the world with $33billion  in sales. All three are on the board of directors but are not involved in the  day-to-day operations of the corporation.

The three siblings inherited the company in  1999 after the death of their father.

Jacqueline Mars was ranked by Forbes Magazine in September as the 15th wealthiest person in the world boasting a net worth  upward of $20billion.

Mars was founded in 1911 by Jacqueline Mars’  grandfather, Frank Mars, who got his business off the ground by making  chocolates in his Tacoma, Washington, kitchen.

In 1929, the company invented the signature  malt-flavored nougat, which became the filing of Milky Way and Snickers candy  bars.

The sweets manufacturer is also the marker of  M&Ms, over 400 million of which are produced in the U.S. each day.

Besides sugary treats, Mars’ extensive  portfolio includes Uncle Ben’s rice and pet food brands Pedigree and Whiskas.

Sweet success: The manufacturer of Mars and a host of other candy bars has been in operation since 1911 Sweet success: The manufacturer of Mars and a host of  other candy bars has been in operation since 1911

 

Made in the USA: Mars is the marker of M&Ms, over 400 million of which are produced in the U.S. daily Made in the USA: Mars is the marker of M&Ms, over  400 million of which are produced in the U.S. daily

 

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