Jacqueline Badger Mars Faces Reckless Driving Charge Over Virginia Car Crash

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Jacqueline Badger Mars, the seventh richest woman in the world, faces a reckless driving charge in a deadly car crash in Virginia.

The crash, which happened earlier this month, killed one and injured others.

The crash happened in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Mars was driving one of the cars involved in the crash. She is the daughter of the founder of the company Mars.

“As court proceedings begin, Jacquie’s thoughts and prayers remain with those who have suffered injury and loss,” A Mars spokesperson told WJLA. “She regrets this tragic accident.”

Mars was issued a reckless driving summons and is set to appear in court on December 5.

Mars is known as a philantropist and was honored in 2012 with the Foundation for the National Archives’ Heritage Award for “her commitment to preserving documents that celebrate our nation’s heritage,” according to A’Lelia Bundles, president of the Society for the National Archives in the announcement of the award.

In the statement about the crash, spokesman Kent Jarrell said that the crash is “a private family matter,” as opposed to “a company matter.”

Mars joined Mars. Inc in 1982 and was the food product group president for many years, before retiring in 2001. She continues to serve as a strategic adviser to the business.


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.