LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Relatives of a Michigan family of five killed in fiery crash caused by a drunken driver have sued two Lexington-area establishments that allegedly served alcohol to man who police say caused the deadly wreck.
The Abbas family — 42-year-old Issam, 38-year-old Rima, 13-year-old Ali, 12-year-old Isabella and 7-year-old Giselle — were killed in the early morning hours of Jan. 6, when a truck driven by Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown slammed into their vehicle on Interstate Highway 75.
Police said Bailey, who also was killed in the wreck, was drunk at the time of the crash and had been travelling in the wrong direction for miles on the interstate before the wreck.
The lawsuit, filed in Fayette Circuit Court, targets Bailey’s estate, as well as Horseshoes Kentucky Grill & Saloon in Lexington and Roosters Wings in Georgetown.
“For the surviving family members, as well as for their many friends left behind, the nightmare and grief caused by that crash will never go away,” Greg Bubalo, an attorney representing the Abbas family, said in a statement. “By filing the lawsuit, the family hopes to hold those responsible accountable and ensure that this type of tragedy does not occur to another family.”