Cara McCollum

Cara McCollum

Cara McCollum Dies Following Car Crash


Former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum died in the early hours of Monday, February 22, after being critically injured in a car crash last week, reports.

Cara McCollum was 24.

The beauty queen’s death comes seven days after sustaining serious injuries from a February 15 automobile accident. According to, she was driving a 2014 Ford Mustang convertible and veered off the road, striking several trees. McCollum was not wearing a seat belt.

Originally from Arkansas, McCollum moved to New Jersey to attend Princeton University. She took the crown for Miss New Jersey in 2013 and competed for the title of Miss America in 2014, but did not place.

During her 2013 reign, McCollum focused her efforts on promoting literacy among inner-city children. She also used her platform to help high school students attending Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande’s Women Leadership Institute.