Cara McCollum, a former Miss New Jersey pageant winner and local TV news anchor, croaked early Monday following injuries maintained in a car accident last week.
The 24 -year-old was critically injured after her Ford Mustang ran off a New Jersey highway on Feb. 15. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time, state police said.
McCollum, a Princeton graduate, won the Miss New Jersey pageantry in 2013 and was an fix on SNJ Today.
She was mourned in a Facebook post by her boyfriend, Keith Jones, who shared that McCollum “made the selfless decided not to donate her organs.”
“At this very moment, she is saving lives, ” wrote Jones, a Philadelphia news anchor.
“Words fall short of describing the sorenes, but I’m eternally grateful and blessed for the time I spent with Cara. Her immense nerve fertilized my life and changed me forever, ” he wrote.
Jones likewise shared a link to a video establishing McCollum singing “When I’m Gone” while tapping on a plastic bowl, an routine to be provided by actress Anna Kendrick in “Pitch Perfect.”
McCollum’s co-workers at SNJ Today also expressedtheir sadness while announcing the heartbreaking bulletin to witness on their Facebook page.
“Whether you had the privilege of knowing her or if you enjoyed her newscasts during her all too brief season with us, you know that her smile, resolve and seriousnes shaped her a beloved person, ” they wrote.
“Cara proved warmth to everyone she met, ” the pole resumed. “She was a part of our word squad family and we are gratified to have worked with her – even for such a short time. We will miss her terribly.”