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Alcohol Beverage Control Involved In I-75 Fatal Collision Investigation

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 15:38:34-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has confirmed that they are involved in the investigation of a crash that killed a family of five returning from a Florida vacation.

The crash occurred on January 6 on I-75. A white Chevy pickup driven by 41-year-old Joey Bailey was driving the wrong direction when he crashed into a van driven by the Abbas family of Michigan.

Issam Abbas, 42, Rima Abbas, 38, Ali Abbas, 14, Isabelle Abbas, 13, and Giselle Abbas, 7, were all killed.

Bailey drove on the wrong side of I-75 for at least six miles.  A toxicology report showed that Bailey’s blood alcohol level was 0.306, nearly four times the legal limit, when he died.

The Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) is often called upon by local police agencies to lend its expertise to maximize special emphasis on the enforcement of Kentucky’s alcohol laws.

Citing an ongoing investigation, the ABC can only confirm that its investigators were requested to assist in the investigation.