Lexington bar accused of overserving driver in wrong-way crash

MARCH 5 Update – Representatives from Horseshoes Kentucky Grill & Saloon and the Lexington Alcoholic Beverage Control Office met Tuesday morning for a pre-trial conference for the show cause hearing regarding a fatal collision that occurred in January on I-75.

Facts of the case were discussed. No agreed order has been reached and the case is continuing. A formal public hearing has not been scheduled at this time.


Previously released - A Lexington bar has been issued a show cause order for serving alcohol to the driver who caused a fatal interstate collision that killed himself and a family of five. The Lexington Alcoholic Beverage Control Office gave notice this week to Horseshoes Kentucky Grill & Saloon located at 1987 North Broadway for an alleged violation of KRS 244.080, selling alcoholic beverages to patrons who are under the influence.

The collision happened on I-75 North around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019. Joey Lee Bailey, 41, of Georgetown, was driving the wrong way on the interstate when he hit an SUV head-on, causing the SUV to catch fire. All five members of the Abbas family, Issam Abbas, 42; Dr. Rima Abbas, 38; and their children Ali, 14; Isabella, 13; and Giselle, 7, were killed.

According to a toxicology report from the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, Bailey had a blood alcohol level of .306 at the time of the crash. Investigators from the Lexington Police Department found evidence that Bailey had been drinking at Horseshoes and another bar outside of Lexington the night of the crash.

After leaving Horseshoes, it is believed that Bailey drove his 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck onto the northbound lanes of I-75 beginning at the 113-mile marker (N. Broadway/Paris Pike ramp). Several motorists reported passing or avoiding Bailey as he drove the wrong way, and told officers that the truck had one headlight out.

The crash happened in the far left lane at mile marker 107 when Bailey hit the Abbas family’s Cadillac Escalade. A review of the truck’s event data recorder by the police department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit found that Bailey was driving at interstate speeds of 70-80 miles per hour when the collision occurred.  

A pre-hearing conference between the Lexington ABC office and Horseshoes is scheduled for February 19. A separate investigation by Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control is ongoing.

Document: Show cause order issued to Horseshoes Kentucky Grill