Cara McCollum, Former Miss America Contestant, Dies in Car Crash

By on March 23, 2016
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Ex-Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum, who worked at a TV station and was known for her endeavors in public service, died on Monday, February 22, a week after her critical injury in a car accident on a New Jersey interstate where her car spun off the roadway and into trees.

cara mcCollum, former miss america contestant, dies in car crash

Frank DiMauro, the head working officer of the TV station where she worked, told the Press that she passed away at Cooper University Hospital with her family close by. Before her death, Cara made the selfless decision of donating her organs.  McCollum was 24 years of age and lived in Margate. McCollum was a graduate from the Princeton University and worked as a news anchor on the news show, “SNJ Today,” serving southern New Jersey. She entered the popular Miss America pageant, subsequent to winning the title of Miss New Jersey in the year 2013, losing to Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offered his sympathies on Twitter and stated that he was extremely miserable on learning of the death of Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum. The Miss America Organization also expressed their deep sorrow by saying that they were profoundly disheartened to learn of Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum’s passing. Her family stated on Facebook that before she died, Cara made the selfless decision to donate her organs.

A former Assembly woman Caroline Casagrande said McCollum was a selfless human being. According to Casagrande, McCollum volunteered to help a foundation that the former Assembly woman kept running for secondary school students intrigued by public service. The students soon received a project of McCollum’s that exhibited books as birthday presents to first and second-graders in Asbury Park. The little children are going to get birthday books in 2016 on account of McCollum, said Casagrande, a Republican.

McCollum was alone in her car and was not wearing the seat belt when her Mustang slid off Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township and struck a tree, then spun again and hit two more trees before winding up in a dike, police said.

State police say McCollum seemed to have been driving well over the speed limit for conditions on the wet street. They don’t think that liquor or medications were an element. The front air bag on the driver’s side in her Mustang deployed amid the accident.

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