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Mars Co-Owner Faces Trial in Fatal Va. Crash

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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) – One of the world’s richest women is scheduled for trial on a reckless driving charge that authorities say resulted in the death of an 86-year-old woman.


   Jacqueline Mars, a co-owner of the privately held candy company Mars Inc., is scheduled to go before a judge in Loudoun County General District Court Thursday morning on the misdemeanor charge.


Court papers state that Mars told a witness she fell asleep at the wheel just before the October crash in Aldie, Va. The sheriff’s office says Mars’ Porsche SUV crossed the center line and hit a minivan carrying Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas, who died at the scene.


Forbes Magazine ranks Mars as the world’s seventh-richest woman.

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