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 February 16, 2024

'American Idol' star Alex Miller involved in deadly car wreck

Country musician Alex Miller spoke about his experience in a fatal car accident in which he was a passenger that nearly cost him his life.

The incident occurred while he was traveling back from a vacation with members of his band. Miller was the passenger when his car collided with another vehicle and while he survived, his driver tragically passed away.

The statement

In a statement provided to People on Wednesday, Miller's manager conveyed the unfortunate events, extending Miller's condolences to the deceased driver's family and expressing gratitude that no one on the bus sustained injuries. The incident is currently under investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

“While traveling back from a vacation last night, rising Country star Alex Miller and several members of his band were on a bus that was hit by a car,” the statement read. "Sadly, the driver of the car is deceased. Alex sends his thoughts and prayers to the gentleman and his family.”

Further details from Kentucky State Police revealed that the collision took place around 10:28 pm on South Wildness Road in Rockcastle County.

James M. Mcpheron, a 53-year-old resident of Mount Vernon, lost control of his 2004 Toyota Rav4 and veered into the path of Miller's tour bus, which was being driven by 43-year-old Roger D. Miller from Lancaster. Despite efforts by emergency services, Mcpheron succumbed to his injuries at Rockcastle Regional Hospital.

Further details

The investigation into the accident involves multiple state law enforcement agencies and is ongoing.

Just prior to the tragic incident, Miller had shared an upbeat Instagram Reel announcing new music while referencing his presence in Daytona Beach, Florida. This post came only a day before the accident occurred.

Miller gained initial fame as a contestant on American Idol in 2021 at the age of 17. During his time on the show, he captured attention with his rendition of "Freeborn Man" by Jimmy Martin, impressing judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.

The impact

The accident serves as a sobering reminder of the unpredictability of life, particularly in the midst of pursuing one's passion and career.

Despite the sorrow surrounding the incident, Miller's resilience and commitment to his craft remain evident, as he continues to navigate the aftermath with grace and determination.

In the wake of the accident, Miller's thoughts are undoubtedly with the family of the deceased driver, and he is likely grappling with a range of emotions as he processes the events that transpired.

His focus on music and his aspirations suggests a resolve to persevere through adversity and honor the memory of those affected by the tragedy.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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