An alleged drunk driver headed the wrong way down Interstate 75 in Kentucky on Sunday morning killed a Michigan family on their way home after vacationing in Florida, according to police.
Detroit Free Press reports Issam Abbas, 42, his wife, Dr. Rima Abbas, 38, and their three children: Ali, 14; Isabella, 13, and Giselle, 7, were identified as the victims killed in the crash, according to the Fayette County Coroner in Lexington, Kentucky.
The man reportedly driving his truck the wrong way down the interstate, identified as Joey Lee Bailey, 41, of Georgetown, Kentucky, was also killed in the fiery crash. Police said the suspect was likely driving under the influence of alcohol. A toxicology is pending.
NEW DETAILS: Issam Abbas(42) Rima Abbas(38) Ali Abbas(14) Isabella Abbas(13) & Giselle Abbas(7) of Northville, MI were killed in a crash on I-75 in Lex this morning. The family was returning from a FL vacation when they were hit by a driver going the wrong way, in suspected DUI. pic.twitter.com/mn08RLISil
— Emilie Arroyo (@EmilieArroyo) January 6, 2019
“I thought I was seeing something, honestly,” witness Kenneth DeGraaf told WLEX-TV . “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.”
The crash happened close to 2:30 a.m., around a mile before the Man o’ War Blvd exit. Prior to the crash, several people called 911 and reported a white truck speeding the wrong way down the northbound lanes of I-75. By the time authorities arrived, both vehicles were engulfed in flames after the head-on collision.
Rima Abbas was a doctor who specialized in family medicine at the Beaumont Medical Center in Garden City, Michigan. Her husband, Issam Abbas, was a lawyer and a real estate agent. The entire family was well-known and cherished in their community.
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Dr. Rima Abbas, her beloved husband and children,” Beaumont Health chief medical officer, David Wood, said after learning of the tragic incident. “She was a caring mother and a dedicated family practice physician. Our hearts go out to all of her family, friends and patients during this difficult time.”
[Feature Photo: Abbas Family/Facebook]