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Hearing Rescheduled For Bar Accused Of Overserving Driver In Fatal I-75 Crash

Posted at 1:11 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 13:24:57-05

UPDATE: The conference has been rescheduled for March 5 at 10 a.m. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A pre-hearing conference is scheduled Tuesday between the Lexington Alcoholic Beverage Control Office and Horseshoes Kentucky Grill and Saloon.

This comes after a family of five from Michigan was killed in a head-on collision because a man was driving the wrong way on I-75.

Police say this informal meeting could be the start of a process that leads to a fine and or a suspension of the bar’s alcohol license.

After leaving the bar last month, 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey got onto the interstate driving south in the north bound lanes then hit and killed the Abbas family.

Bailey also died in the wreck.

Police believe Bailey got on the interstate at the 113 mile marker and drove the wrong way at speeds of 70-80 miles per hour, crashing at the 107 mile marker.

The coroner’s report showed he had a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit.

Investigators say they found evidence that Bailey had been drinking at Horseshoes and another bar outside of Lexington before getting on the road.

“So ultimately, it is Joey Lee Bailey who’s the one who got in that car that night and caused the crash,” said Brenna Angel, public information officer for the Lexington Police Department. “However, he didn’t get that alcohol all by himself. We believe that Horseshoes over served Mr. Bailey and that contributed to his level of intoxication.”

In addition to the pre-hearing conference, the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control has an investigation on-going.