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Lawsuit claims Kentucky bars over-served driver involved in fatal crash that killed Northville family

Posted at 4:13 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 16:55:05-04

(WXYZ) — A lawsuit has been brought against two Kentucky bars alleging that the establishments continued to serve alcohol to an "obviously intoxicated" Joey Lee Bailey, which resulted in the fatal crash that involved a Northville, Michigan family of five.

The Abbas family was driving home from vacationing in Florida on Jan. 6 when they were struck by Bailey who was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lanes on I-75 in Lexington, Kentucky.

According to the lawsuit, Bailey, who also died in the crash, visited Rooster Wings and Horseshoes KY Grill & Saloon on or about Jan. 5 and 6. Police reports state that while at Roosters Wings, Bailey drank at least two 22-ounce beers and three double White Russians. He then drove to Horseshoes KY Grill & Saloon where he drank at least one beer and four double White Russian drinks.

While still intoxicated, Bailey got into his 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and entered I-75 traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. He traveled six miles before crashing into the Abbas family's Cadillac Escalade, killing himself and all members of the Abbas family, which included Issam Abbas, 42; Rima Abbas, 38; Ali Abbas, 14; Isabella Abbas, 13; and Giselle Abbas, 7.

Bailey's blood alcohol level was 0.306, according to a report from the Fayette County Coroner's Office.

Read the lawsuit below:

New Abbas Complaint by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd