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Cara McCollum (1992 - 2016)

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Cara McCollum (1992 - 2016)

Cara McCollum, a former winner of the Miss New Jersey Pageant, has died in an automobile accident, according to multiple news sources. She was 24.

McCollum died Monday after she lost control of her car and crashed into a tree last week, according to a Facebook page, Prayers for Cara, that relatives maintain.

"Thank you all for this tremendous outpouring of love and support for our Cara. We can’t begin to tell you how much your prayers have meant to us in this incredibly difficult time," the page states.


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Her family "was with her in the operating room, and she died peacefully at 4:31 a.m. Before she died, Cara made the selfless decision to donate her organs. At this very moment, she is saving lives.

"We’ve prayed constantly for a miracle, and we believe God has answered our prayers. Although it’s not the miracle that we first envisioned, it’s a miracle nonetheless.

"In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Please accept our sincerest thanks for your heartfelt prayers. We all will miss her now that she’s gone."

McCollum was born Feb. 6, 1992, in Forrest City, Arkansas. The high school valedictorian received an undergraduate degree from Princeton, New Jersey. She won the title of Miss New Jersey in June 2013.

She went on to become a TV news anchor in July 2015 for "SNJ Today."

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