A man who fled from police and died in a fiery crash in Lexington early Sunday was out of jail on $50,000 cash bond in a drug trafficking case and was due back in court Friday.
Taher Yousef Kadah, 24, sped away in a Mercedes-Benz S500 from an attempted stop by a University of Kentucky police officer, according to a news release.
Lexington police said the car, apparently traveling at high speed, ran off the street, hit a tree and burst into flames at East High Street and Oldham Avenue, near the Woodland Park tennis courts.
On Monday, the Fayette County coroner's office identified the passenger killed in the crash as Basim M. Maali, 26. Maali was in the car when it burst into flames. Kadah was thrown from the vehicle.
Both men died from blunt-force trauma, the coroner's office said.
Police said drugs were a suspected factor in the crash.
Kadah's sister, Sjoud Kadah, said he was a 2004 graduate of Henry Clay High School and owned the Six Brothers Market on West Sixth Street. She said Maali operated a store nearby.
On Monday night, dozens of people from the neighborhood around Kadah's store gathered with candles to remember the man they knew as "Ted."
They recalled how he flirted with women, gave people what they needed even when they didn't have the money to pay and loved to talk trash.
"I wish he would come out and say, 'Move away from my store!'" Taqueshon Henderson said. "He was real."
"It was basically like family," said Zante Lancaster. "Every morning, we was waiting on the store to open. Even though he had that cocky attitude, he was good to everybody."
According to Fayette District Court records, Kadah had been criminally charged or stopped for traffic violations more than 40 times since 2005.
Last year, he was indicted on two counts of trafficking in marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school and two counts of trafficking in marijuana. He pleaded not guilty.
According to a motion filed in Fayette Circuit Court, Kadah was out on bond when he was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with trafficking in more than 5 pounds of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Feb. 25, he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.
On March 12, Kadah was charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. According to the motion to revoke his bond, Kadah had fired a gun into the air outside Six Brothers Market after an argument.
Kadah's bond was revoked after that, but he was released in May on $50,000 cash bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday for a hearing in the drug trafficking case.
Funeral arrangements for Kadah and Maali were handled by Care Cremation and Funeral Service in Lexington. Sjoud Kadah said her brother's funeral was held Monday.