The Lexington Police Department is asking the public for information regarding a fatal collision that killed six people.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019, officers responded to an injury collision on I-75 north near the 107.0 mile marker, approximately one mile before the Man o’ War Blvd exit. Just prior to the collision occurring, the Division of E-911 received reports of a white pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes of I-75.
A preliminary investigation determined that the pickup truck hit an SUV head-on, causing the SUV to catch fire. The driver of the pickup, a 41-year-old Georgetown, Kentucky resident, and all occupants of the SUV were killed in the crash. The occupants of the SUV were a family of five from Michigan.
The Fayette County Coroner’s Office has identified the six killed in a wreck. The crash killed a family of five from Northville, Michigan, and 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown. The family members killed in the crash were 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas. Sincere condolences to their family members.
The Abbas family was traveling home from a Florida vacation. The coroner’s office believes Bailey was under the influence when the Lexington Police received a report of a white pickup truck driving in the wrong direction on northbound I-75 just before 2:30 a.m. Shortly thereafter, a collision was reported around the 106 mile marker.
When investigators got to the scene they discovered that the pickup truck driven by Bailey had hit the family’s SUV head-on, causing the SUV to burst into flames.
The Lexington Police Department is now asking for help from anyone in the public who may have seen the white pickup truck prior to the collision.
Investigators are working to identify any witnesses who saw the white pickup traveling prior to the collision. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (859) 258-3663.
Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.