One of the richest women in the world faces a misdemeanor reckless driving charge for her part in a fatal car accident on Oct. 4 in Virginia. Police records show that Jacqueline Badger Mars, co-owner of Mars Inc., a candy company, told a witness she’d fallen asleep at the wheel just before the crash.
Six people were traveling from Texas to Virginia for a wedding when Mars’ vehicle crossed over the median and struck the minivan in head-on collision. The driver of the minivan was a pregnant woman who later miscarried due to critical injuries she suffered as a result of the crash. An 86-year-old woman riding in the back seat of the minivan died at the scene.
“She was just a real caring person, loved her family,” the deceased’s grandson said. “She still had a lot of life left in her.”
The deceased woman was not wearing a seatbelt. All other passengers were hospitalized, as was Mars.
Mars is ranked 15th richest person in the United States, along with her brother, Forrest Mars Jr., by the Forbes 400. Kent Jarrell, personal spokesman for Mars, released a statement on Oct. 29 saying, “As court proceedings begin, Jacquie’s thoughts and prayers remain with those who have suffered injury and loss. She regrets this tragic accident.”
According to the Washington Post website, Mars received a summons on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a hearing scheduled for Dec. 5 in Loudoun County General District Court.
Those who are injured as a result of car accidents may be able to receive compensation for such claims as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. Families of those who lost their lives in such accidents may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury attorney can provide valuable advice and options in such cases.
nbcwashington.com, “Mars Candy Heiress Charged in Deadly Accident” No author given, Oct. 30, 2013