February 28, 2016
Funeral arrangements were announced Friday for former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum, 24, who died Monday following a one-car accident on Route 55 in Salem County on Feb. 15. Services for Ms. McCollum, who moved to New Jersey from Arkansas to attend Princeton University after graduating from high school, will be held in her hometown of Forrest City, Ark. Born Feb. 6, 1992, she was the daughter of Rick and Maureen McCollum of Forrest City. She was a 2010 graduate and valedictorian of Forrest City High School and was named an Arkansas Times academic all-star in 2010.
February 24, 2016 |
Friends and family looked for a miracle for Cara McCollum after a car accident a week ago left the former Miss New Jersey hospitalized in critical condition with severe brain injuries. But in the end, it was not meant to be. McCollum died at Cooper University Hospital at 4:31 a.m. Monday. On Feb. 15, she lost control of her 2014 Ford Mustang in slushy conditions along a stretch of Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County. State police said speed was a factor and McCollum was not wearing a seat belt.
February 21, 2016 |
Sally Johnston has been chaperoning - perhaps mother-henning is a better way to put it - Miss New Jerseys for 50 years. Some of the 50 or 60 young women she has taken under her wing have become like daughters to this 78-year-old mother of three daughters of her own. Many have become good friends. Only one, says Johnston, she hopes not to see again. But a special few, like Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey 2013, have transcended all those boundaries to become "like an angel" in Johnston's life.
February 19, 2016 |
The morning after former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum was critically injured in a car accident, her colleagues at SNJ Today formed a circle in the conference room at the television news station where she is an anchor and prayed for more than 20 minutes. "There were lots of words of prayer . . . and silent reflection," said Mike Frankel, who covers sports and news for the upstart TV station, based in Millville, Cumberland County. "We all really have become like family, and if it were someone else in this situation, Cara would be the one leading the charge to pray and do whatever she could . . . so we are staying upbeat and doing what we can for her. " Frankel said McCollum's "kindness and charisma" have inspired an outpouring of concern from coworkers, members of her former pageant family, and strangers who have taken to social media and other means to call for prayers.
February 5, 2016 |
Citing reports of deadly tip-over accidents, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. said Wednesday that he was preparing to introduce legislation that could require manufacturers to make their furniture more stable. In a letter, the Pennsylvania Democrat also challenged seven of the largest U.S. retailers to take immediate steps to raise awareness of tip-overs, including selling restraints near products that have the potential to topple if not anchored to a wall. "It's kind of hard to comprehend that with all of the advances in technology . . . when we have the means to stop this, that we're not taking the action that we need to take," Casey said.
January 17, 2016 |
Just before he was to be sentenced Friday for setting an 11-year-old boy on fire last year in West Philadelphia, the teenage defendant told the court that it had been an accident, apologized to the victim's mother, and asked a Common Pleas Court judge for forgiveness. "I am very sorry for what I did," Rayfiq Tiggle, 16, of West Philadelphia, who was charged as an adult, told Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner. He said he had not intended to injure the boy. The incident, he said, was an accident that came about because he had been playing with a cigarette lighter.
December 23, 2015 |
The 2015 black Chevrolet Camaro that slammed into a parked tractor-trailer, killing three women in Holmesburg early Sunday, was speeding, perhaps more than double the 35-m.p.h. limit, investigators said. Police said Amonie Nicole Barton, 25, of Yeadon, was driving the rented car. Giavanna Scavo, 22, of Northeast Philadelphia, was in the passenger seat. The third victim, seated in the back, has not yet been identified, police said Monday. Barton lost control of the car, which was northbound, and it hit the truck head-on.
December 19, 2015
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night next to a Montgomery County college, authorities said. The accident was reported at 6:31 p.m. at Main Street and Sixth Avenue next to Ursinus College in Collegeville, a county dispatcher said. The county coroner was called to the scene. No information was immediately available on whether the victim had a connection to the college. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran
December 10, 2015 |
Ashley Barber was sitting on the passenger side. Her sister Amanda was driving. It was 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning last year, and the two were singing along to a Fetty Wap song after stopping at Dunkin' Donuts. They were heading up the Northeast Extension to Allentown to pick up their great aunt and take her back to their grandmother's house in Maple Glen. That's the last thing the Upper Dublin senior remembers. She doesn't recall the 18-wheeler truck that rear-ended their vehicle.
December 4, 2015 |
A trash truck leaked oil over more than 2 miles of wet roadway in Delaware County, resulting in two accidents and a major traffic mess Wednesday morning, officials said. Sarah Jane White, 78, of Media, suffered minor injuries after she drove through the oil on Glen Riddle Road in Middletown Township and lost control of her car, which then hit a tree near the intersection with Wrights Lane around 10 a.m. She was taken to Riddle Hospital. A state trooper heading to the accident scene was involved in a minor accident less than a mile away at the intersection of Glen Riddle Road and Route 452. The oil spill, caused by a mechanical malfunction of a Laxton Enterprises Trash Removal truck, spanned from Baltimore Pike to Route 452, state police said.