Five people died in three separate auto crashes starting Oct. 4 in Loudoun County, including two killed by a drunk driver in Ashburn.
Authorities with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Patrick Wrenn Jr., 46, and Leia Wrenn, 44, both of Ashburn, were on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they were struck by the driver of a BMW who was turning left into Ashburn's Junction Plaza shopping center about 12:50 a.m. Oct. 6.
Both were thrown from the motorcycle and later died at a local hospital.
The BMW driver, Mark A. Sgarlata, 52, of Ashburn, has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Sgarlata is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Mark A. Sgarlata
The Wrenns' deaths were part of a deadly three days in Loudoun.
A crash at about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on Route 50 near Briar Patch Lane in Aldie claimed the life Irene C. Ellisor, 86, of Huntsville, Texas, after the minivan of which she was a passenger was hit head-on by the driver of a 2004 Porsche SUV. The SUV was traveling west when it hit the eastbound minivan. The minivan had six occupants, including a pregnant woman who was trapped inside the vehicle. Three occupants of the minivan, all women from Huntsville, Texas, were taken from the scene with serious injuries and remained hospitalized as of Oct. 8 in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
The driver of the SUV, Jacqueline Badger Mars, 73, of The Plains, suffered minor injuries and was later released from Inova Fairfax Hospital. The crash is under review by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office as to whether charges will be filed against Mars.
Mars in the partial owner of Mars, the largest candy company in the world. She ranks No. 15 on Forbes 400 list and No. 36 in billionaires worldwide. Forbes listed her net worth at $20.5 billion.
A single-vehicle crash Oct. 6 at the intersection of Evergreen Mills and Reservoir roads in Leesburg claimed the lives of two people.
Virginia State Police said at 1:38 a.m. a 1994 Ford Explorer was traveling north on Evergreen Mills Road when its driver crossed the center line on a curve, ran off the left side of the road and slid into a tree.
The impact caused the SUV to catch fire and quickly become engulfed in flames.
The Explorer's two occupants, twins Aaron W. Henry and Vincent B. Henry, both 26 of Leesburg, died at the scene.
Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.