Fayette County

Fiery Sunday morning crash kills family of five from Michigan, Georgetown man

A camera crew from WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, filmed the early morning fire Sunday after a crash on I-75 that killed six. Police are looking for witnesses who saw a white Chevy pickup heading south in the northbound lanes before the crash.
A camera crew from WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, filmed the early morning fire Sunday after a crash on I-75 that killed six. Police are looking for witnesses who saw a white Chevy pickup heading south in the northbound lanes before the crash.

A fiery early morning crash on Interstate 75 on Sunday killed a family of five from Michigan and the Georgetown man who drove the truck that hit them.

According to Lexington police, just before 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy pickup was traveling south in the northbound lanes when it hit an SUV head-on near the 107 mile marker. The SUV caught fire.

According to the Fayette County Coroner’s office, the Abbas family of Northville, Mich., were returning from a vacation in Florida when their SUV was hit. Killed were Issam Abbas, 42; Rima Abbas, 38; Ali Abbas, 14; Isabella Abbas, 13; and Giselle Abbas, 7. All died of blunt force trauma and thermal injuries.

Their vehicle was struck by a truck driven by Joey Lee Bailey, 41, of Georgetown, who died of blunt force trauma, according to the coroner’s office.

According to the coroner’s office, it is believed that Bailey was driving under the influence; toxicology test results are pending.

Lexington police are searching for anyone who saw Bailey’s white Chevy pickup before the crash.

Witnesses are asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 859-258-3663.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, also can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Or you can submit information anonymously to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

The crash, which occurred between the Athens-Boonesboro Road exit and Man o’War Boulevard, closed I-75 for several hours overnight.

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