Truck driver in the wrong-way crash that killed a family of 5 had a blood alcohol level was nearly 4 times the legal limit

  • The truck driver who collided with an SUV carrying a family of five was driving had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, the Fayette County Coroner said.
  • At the time of the crash, Joey Bailey, 41, had a BAC of.306%.
  • On January 6, the Abbas family’s SUV was struck by Bailey’s pickup truck which was travelling the wrong way down the northbound lane of I-75
  • Bailey was found to be at fault for the crash.

The truck driver who collided with the Michigan family in a fatal wrong-way crash was driving with a blood alcohol content four times the legal limit, the Fayette County Coroner told INSIDER.

On January 6, Joey Bailey, 41, had a BAC of .306%, which is greater than the legal limit of .008%. Bailey died in the crash.

Read more: A family of 5 was killed in what is believed to be a wrong-way crash involving a drunk driver

Bailey, who was driving a pickup truck at the time, was travelling the wrong way down the northbound lane of I-75, according to the Lexington Police Department. Per the police, an investigation found that the cars caught fire upon collision, killing the family of five and the driver of the pickup truck.

Rima, 38; Issam, 42; Ali, 14; Isabella 13; and Giselle Abbas, 7, died when their family’s SUV was struck. The family was travelling home to Michigan from a family vacation in Florida when the crash happened.

According to the coroner, Bailey was found to be at fault for the crash.

“You don’t expect a whole family to get wiped out,” Habib Abbas, Issam Abbas’ cousin, told The Detroit News. “You think to yourself ‘What’s the worst case scenario?’ and that’s it.”

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