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Relatives of Abbas family say all GoFundMe campaigns are not authorized

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 16:03:30-05

The family of the five killed in a tragic car crash in Kentucky say all GoFundMe campaigns that are being shared are not authorized by them.

Instead, the family is asking for donations to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in lieu of flowers or other donations. They have set up a special donation site with MADD here.

Additionally, there are also t-shirts being sold with the family's photo on them. The family says these are also not authorized.

The Abbas family was driving home from vacationing in Florida early Sunday morning when the vehicle they were driving in was struck by a wrong-way driver around 2:30 a.m. According to the Lexington Police Department, a white pickup truck was traveling in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes of I-75 when it hit an SUV straight-on. The SUV then caught fire.

Inside the SUV was Issam Abbas, 42; Rima Abbas, 38; Ali Abbas, 14; Isabella Abbas, 13; and Giselle Abbas, 7. Police say the driver of the pickup was 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown, Kentucky. All six died in the crash.