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Mars Co-Owner Gets $2,500 Fine, Suspended License in Fatal Crash

The family of the elderly woman and unborn baby who died in the October crash in Virginia begged for leniency for multi-millionaire.

Jacqueline Badger Mars, co-owner of Mars, the Hackettstown-based candy company. (File photo)
Jacqueline Badger Mars, co-owner of Mars, the Hackettstown-based candy company. (File photo)
One of the world's richest women was sentenced to pay a $2,500 fine and have her license suspended for six months after she pleaded guilty to a reckless driving crash that killed an elderly woman and an unborn baby.

Jacqueline Badger Mars, 74, received her sentence Thursday in a Leesville, Va., courtoom, as the family of Irene Ellisor, the woman who died when Mars' Porsche SUV crashed into the minivanin which she was riding, pleaded for leniency, according to a report at NJ.com.

Mars is the co-owner of the Mars candy company, which is headquartered in Hackettstown.

Ellisor was riding with several other Texas women to a wedding on Oct. 4 in Aldie, Va. when Mars' vehicle crashed into them. Ashley Blakeslee, the driver of the vehicle, was a month away from giving birth. She lost her baby following the accident, NJ.com reported.

Saying they forgave Mars, Blakeslee and her baby's grandmother both begged the court for leniency for her, NJ.com said. The millionaire had faced up to a year in jail on the reckless driving charge.
roger freiday December 06, 2013 at 08:55 AM
This is typical of how money makes you immune, probably this family can now retire to some tropical island.
12345678 December 06, 2013 at 06:17 PM
It was an accident. It's unlikely a 74 year old woman would be sentenced to any prison time, especially when it doesn't appear to be alcohol or drug related.
12345678 December 06, 2013 at 10:46 PM
People are killed every day due to reckless or careless driving, most are not imprisoned if the driver was not dui.
Liberty December 07, 2013 at 10:53 AM
SHE SHOULD BE IN JAIL, SHE KILLED TWO PEOPLE. In United States law, reckless driving is a major moving traffic violation. It is usually a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and is often punishable by fines, imprisonment, and/or driver's license suspension or revocation. Reckless driving is often defined as a mental state in which the driver displays a wanton disregard for the rules of the road; the driver often misjudges common driving procedures, often causing accidents and other damages. Reckless driving has been studied by psychologists[1] who found that reckless drivers score high in risk-taking personality traits. However, no one cause can be assigned to this state. There are some states, such as Virginia,[2] where mental state is not considered, but rather a set of more than a dozen specific violations can be deemed reckless. Excessive speed by itself is sufficient for a reckless driving conviction in some jurisdictions (e.g., Virginia[3]).


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