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Jacqueline Badger Mars, the billionaire co-owner of the candy company Mars, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving Thursday in connection with an October fatal accident in Loudoun County.
Mars, 74, was given a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine during a hearing in Loudoun County General District Court.
At the time of the Oct. 4 crash, Mars was driving a 2004 Porsche SUV on Route 50 in Aldie, according to authorities. Her vehicle crossed the center line, striking an eastbound minivan, authorities said.
Irene C. Ellisor, 86, of Huntsville, Tex., a passenger in the minivan, died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the sheriff’s office.
The driver, Ashley Blakeslee, who was eight months pregnant, was seriously injured and lost her unborn son as a result of the accident, according to Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Nicole Wittmann.