Former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum dies 1 week after car crash

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Former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum Dies One Week After Car Crash

Former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum has died one week after being critically injured in a car crash. She was 24 years old.

According to the Facebook page Prayers for Cara, she died at 4:30 Monday morning.

The post read, in part, "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."

Thank you all for this tremendous outpouring of love and support for our Cara. We can't begin to tell you how much your...

Posted by Prayers for Cara on Monday, February 22, 2016

Police say McCollum lost control of her Ford Mustang and spun off a New Jersey highway Feb. 15. Some reports say she wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

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OCEAN CITY, NJ - JUNE 15: Cara McCollum of Princeton, New Jersey is crowned Miss New Jersey 2013 on June 15, 2013 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
OCEAN CITY, NJ - JUNE 15: Cara McCollum of Princeton, New Jersey participates in the 2013 Miss New Jersey Pageant on June 15, 2013 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
OCEAN CITY, NJ - JUNE 15: Cara McCollum of Princeton, New Jersey participates in the 2013 Miss New Jersey Pageant on June 15, 2013 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Miss New Jersey, Cara McCollum attends 2014 Miss America News Competition - Preliminary Round 3 at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 12, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
OCEAN CITY, NJ - JUNE 15: Cara McCollum of Princeton, New Jersey participates in the 2013 Miss New Jersey Pageant on June 15, 2013 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
OCEAN CITY, NJ - JUNE 15: Cara McCollum of Princeton, New Jersey is announced as the winner of the 2013 Miss New Jersey Pageant on June 15, 2013 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
OCEAN CITY, NJ - JUNE 15: Cara McCollum of Princeton, New Jersey is crowned Miss New Jersey 2013 on June 15, 2013 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 03: Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey attends 2014 Miss America Contestants Photo Call at Kennedy Plaza on September 3, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum displays her shoes during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City, N.J. boardwalk. McCollum was critically injured when her convertible spun off a highway and hit a tree, state police said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum waves as she walks on a runway as Miss America contestants arrive in Atlantic City, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The Miss America pageant is back in the city where it began, six years after spurning the city for Las Vegas. The pageant held a welcoming ceremony Tuesday for the 53 contestants, one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin n Islands. The contestants filed out of Boardwalk Hall, where the competition will begin next week and culminate days later, and walked across the Boardwalk to a stage. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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She was taken to a local hospital, where she underwent surgery. Her family and friends hoped she would recover, but her condition only got worse.

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A photo posted by Cara McCollum (@caramccollum_tv) on

On top of being a beauty pageant champion, McCollum was also a news anchor on "SNJ Today." She won the Miss New Jersey pageant in 2013 and competed in the Miss America pageant.

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