- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered at a New Jersey church to honor a former Miss America contestant who died from injuries suffered in a car crash last month.

The Miss New Jersey Education Foundation organized Saturday’s memorial service for Cara McCollum at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Among those taking part were her boyfriend, Keith Jones, a news anchor at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and reigning Miss New Jersey Lindsey Giannini.

The 24-year-old McCollum died Feb. 22, a week after she was injured in a one-car crash on Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township.

The Arkansas native won the 2013 Miss New Jersey pageant. She graduated from Princeton University and was an anchor on “SNJ Today,” a news show serving the southern New Jersey area.

She was known for her public service, such as a program that presented books as birthday presents to first- and second-graders.

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