WASHINGTON - Billionaire candy heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanour reckless driving charges stemming from a fatal accident in Virginia.
Loudoun County General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh ordered Mars, 74, to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her license for six months, according to online court records.
Mars, who owns a third of the Mars Inc candy company, was driving a Porsche SUV on Oct. 4 when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan in Aldie, Virginia, according to the Sheriff's Office in Loudoun County, on the outskirts of Washington.
A minivan passenger, Irene Ellisor, 86, died at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.
The driver of the minivan, who was pregnant, lost the baby she was carrying. The other four minivan passengers were briefly hospitalized.
The people in the minivan were visiting from Texas and in Virginia to attend a wedding.
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