Video shows where driver possibly entered Interstate 75 before wrong way crash killed 6

Published: Jan. 7, 2019 at 2:55 PM EST
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Investigators say a 911 call is giving police insight as to where a Georgetown man believed to be driving under the influence got on Interstate 75 before a deadly wrong-way crash that killed six people.

Lexington police confirm to WKYT a 911 caller reported seeing a vehicle possibly driven by 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey entering Interstate 75 going the wrong way at the Paris Pike exit. Police have yet to confirm this detail in their investigation.

WKYT also obtained surveillance video from a nearby business showing what appears to be a white pickup traveling on the wrong side of the road entering Interstate 75.

Police say they received a report of a white pickup traveling in the wrong direction just before 2:30 Sunday morning. The crash happened around the 106 mile marker, which is about seven miles south of the 911 report from the Paris Pike exit.

When investigators arrived, they discovered that the pickup truck driven by Bailey had hit a Northville, Michigan family's SUV head-on, causing the SUV to burst into flames. The family members killed in the crash were 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas. The Abbas family was traveling home from a Florida vacation.

Bailey's family sent WKYT a statement on Tuesday. “The family of Joey Bailey would like to extend their sympathy, condolences, and prayers to the Abbas family, friends, and community. There are no words that can erase the pain that we all feel, but we are praying for everyone. We hurt for all.”

Police continue to ask for the public's help in an effort to learn more about the crash. If you have information, you are asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (859) 258-3663.