Family of 5, Suspected Drunk Driver Killed in Wrong-Way Car Crash

A family of five was killed Sunday morning when a suspected drunk driver drove the wrong way down an interstate highway and hit their vehicle, authorities said, according to a report from the Associated Press. The Abbas family was reportedly returning from a vacation to Florida, when around 2:30 in the morning, their SUV was hit by a pickup truck and burst into flames. The truck’s driver, 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey, was also killed in the crash. Authorities believe Bailey was driving under the influence. “I thought I was seeing something, honestly,” said Kenneth DeGraaf, who said he barely escaped getting hit by the vehicle ahead of the crash. “He was in the center lane. I was in the center lane. I had to merge out of the way at the last second to get to the right lane. I mean, he was flying. Absolutely flying.” News of the crash devastated relatives of the family. “You don’t expect a whole family to get wiped out,” said a man who identified himself as a cousin of the father, Issam Abbas. “You think to yourself ‘What’s the worst case scenario?’ and that’s it.” This is the second deadly crash on Interstate 75 in the past three days: on Thursday, at least 5 children and 2 adults were killed when a semi-truck crossed the median, striking another semi truck and a passenger van.