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Driver In Fatal Rt. 50 Crash Identified As Mars Company Heiress

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 1:50 pm | Updated: 12:14 pm, Wed Oct 9, 2013.

The woman investigators say caused the crash on Rt. 50 Friday afternoon that left one woman dead and several people injured has been identified.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office confirmed the driver was Jacqueline Badger Mars of The Plains. Mars, who turns 74 Thursday, is the granddaughter of the founder of the Mars, Inc., the candy company.

According to the sheriff's office, Mars was driving a 2004 Porsche SUV westbound on Rt. 50 crossed the double yellow line for unknown reasons and hit a 2013 Chrysler minivan carrying six people that was coming eastbound.

Irene C. Ellisor, an 86-year-old woman from Huntsville, TX, died at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the minivan was airlifted from the scene and remains hospitalized at Inova Fairfax Hospital in serious condition. A front seat passenger also taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries, but has since been released. Two additional passengers in the back row were taken to Stone Springs Medical Center and a third backseat passenger was taken to the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

All occupants in the minivan were women from Texas.

Mars was taken to Stone Springs Medical Center and later transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. She has since been released. Charges against her are pending review by the Office of Commonwealth's Attorney.

Mars’ representative Kent Jarrell released a statement following the release of her name. “This tragedy has left Jacquie filled with sorrow for the loss of life and those who were injured in the accident,” he stated. “She would like to express her deepest condolences to the families involved.”

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  • Amos Moses posted at 1:17 am on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    Amos Moses Posts: 4

    I am sure Ms. Mars lawyers will not allow her BAC released. It might prove she was under the influence, but if it was me or you, it would have been reported.

  • JohnGalt20132 posted at 5:31 pm on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    JohnGalt20132 Posts: 19

    Was she drunk?

  • ernie posted at 5:08 pm on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    ernie Posts: 1

    Mrs. Mars is an exceptionally responsible person. Doubt BAC had anything to do with this tragic ACCIDENT. This section of route 50 in particular is very dangerous, especially this time of year. The deer are like a video game on this stretch of road. On the day of this ACCIDENT the sun was also glaring and driving west was a challenge. I know because I was on that same road just before.

  • norges55 posted at 10:37 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    Tell us what Mrs. Mars BAC was?