Jacqueline Badger Mars, owner of candy company Mars Inc., faces reckless driving charge

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ALDIE, Va. (AP) - The Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney's Office says Jacqueline Badger Mars, an owner of McLean-based candy company Mars Inc., will face a reckless driving misdemeanor charge in a fatal crash.

The office says Mars was served Tuesday with a summons. The sheriff's office says 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.

Seventy-four-year-old Mars, the company founder's daughter who has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as the world's seventh richest woman, 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.

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