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73-year Old, James Wilson McMillan, Dies In Crash After Son Was Killed In A Robbery

James Wilson McMillan lost his son, a popular Belle Glade convenience store owner, in a Palm Beach robbery and murder. Unfortunately, one day after his son’s death, the 77-year-old man died in a traffic accident near Lake Okeechobee.


The senior McMillan was driving his Ford F-150 northbound along Lake Okeechobee on State Road 15, about 15 miles north of downtown Belle Glade, and was passing other cars when he struck an oncoming 18-wheeler, then skidded into a guardrail and eventually went into a canal. The other driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital, police authorities said.

McMillan was confirmed dead by the Florida Highway Patrol officials. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

For years, Wilson McMillan owned the Alabama-Georgia Grocery Store on Martin Luther King Boulevard. His wife’s family had started it in the 1940s after coming down from Chipley, a farming town in the Panhandle. Wilson McMillan eventually sold it to his son and stayed on as a co-manager.

FHP said, the other driver involved in the crash will not be charge, as it is unclear if he had a major part in the cause of the crash that killed the 77-year old.



Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”


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