Community Remembers I-75 Crash Victims


LEXINGTON, KY. (WTVQ): Many are reacting to a crash in Fayette County, early Sunday, that killed six people including a family of five from Michigan.

Lexington Police say Joey Lee Bailey from Georgetown got on I-75 at mile marker 113.

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Investigators say he was driving south in the northbound lane for six miles before colliding head on with a family inside a SUV at mile marker 107.

Everyone in the crash died.

Police say the Abbas family was traveling from Florida back to their home in Michigan.

According to the Fayette County Coroner, in the SUV was 42 year old Issam Abbas, 38 year old Rima Abbas, and their three children, 14 year old Ali, 13 year old Isabella, and 7 year old Giselle.

Rima’s co-worker says Rima was a doctor in family medicine and Issam was a lawyer and real estate agent.

Their community was heartbroken over the news and held a vigil last night at the Islaic Center of America in Michigan.

“See this tragedy is not only us now, for the family, is for the whole community and for the humanity too because anybody can hear about this tragedy is going to feel it,” said Hassan Abbas, Issam’s Great Uncle.

“They have so many friends and family and lives that they’ve touched so we wil all miss out on the great things they would’ve done,” said Karen Weaver, Rima’s Co-worker.

The kids attended Northville Public School in Michigan and the school sent us this statement.

“Our hearts go out to this grieving family and all those affected by this tremendous loss. Teachers and support staff members across the district have been informed of this loss and will be prepared to support out students and families, and one another.”

The Fayette County Coroner says investigators believe the truck driver, Mr. Bailey was driving under the influence.

The toxicology report is pending.

The funeral for the Abbas family is on Tuesday at the Islamic Center of America in Michigan.