Family Killed in Car Crash While Returning Home from Florida Vacation

January 11, 2019

LEXINGTON, KY. – According to an online news report from, a family of five was killed in a car crash in Kentucky while returning home from a Florida vacation. The family was from Michigan and had spent several days in Florida for a trip before being killed in a wrong-way crash on a Kentucky interstate.* 

The crash occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on January 6. The driver of a pickup truck was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Lexington, Kentucky, and the pickup collided head-on with an SUV. The SUV then caught on fire. 

A family of five people was in the SUV, and all five people tragically died in the crash. They were from Northville, Michigan, and were driving through Kentucky on their way back home from a vacation in Florida. The Fayette County Coroner’s Office identified them as 42-year-old Issam Abbas; 41-year-old Ali Abbas; 38-year-old Rima Abbas; and two children ages 13 and 7. The children’s names have been released but withheld from this story for privacy reasons.

The driver of the wrong-way pickup truck also died in the wreck. He has been identified as 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey, of Georgetown, Kentucky. The cause of the crash is not yet clear, but the coroner’s office indicated that a toxicology analysis would be performed. Authorities believe from their preliminary investigation that Bailey was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time. 

A witness to the accident, Kenneth DeGraaf, told reporters that he narrowly avoided a collision with Bailey right before the crash. 

“I thought I was seeing something, honestly,” DeGraaf said. “He was in the center lane, I was in the center lane. I had to merge out of the way at the last second to get to the right lane. I mean, he was flying. Absolutely flying.” 

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