Former Miss New Jersey contestant dies week after car crash

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Cara McCollum. Photo via ‘Prayers for Cara’ Facebook page

CAMDEN, N.J. — A former Miss America contestant who was critically injured in a car crash on a New Jersey highway last week has died.

Her family and the TV station where she worked say Cara McCollum died at Cooper University Hospital early Monday.

The 24-year-old from Margate was alone in her vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt when her car spun off a roadway last Monday night.

Her family says in a Facebook post that she died with her family by her side in an operating room. Her organs had been donated.

McCollum won the 2013 Miss New Jersey pageant. The Arkansas native went to Princeton University and was an anchor on SNJ Today, a news show serving the southern New Jersey area.

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