Advertisement Close

ACCESS Statement Regarding Tragic Loss of Arab American Family in Michigan

posted on: Jan 8, 2019

Five beloved members of the ACCESS Family – Dr. Rima Abbas, her husband Issam and their three children, Ali, Isabelle, and Giselle – were tragically killed in a car accident early morning, Sunday, Jan. 6, after being hit head-on by a drunk driver on I-75 in Kentucky.

Dr. Rima was a physician and administrator at Beaumont Health. Issam was an attorney and real estate agent. Dr. Rima Abbas is the sister of ACCESS Director of Communications, Rana Abbas-Taylor.

“Our hearts are broken at this horrific news. It’s a loss not only for the immediate family but also for ACCESS and the entire Arab American community,” said Hassan Jaber, ACCESS CEO. “The Abbas Family lived with extraordinary purpose and devoted their talents and abilities to improve the lives of everyone they touched. There are no words to fully express what they mean to ACCESS and our community. They will forever remain in our memory.”

Visitation is being held tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Islamic Center of America, 19500 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128. Funeral services are set for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the same location.

At the request of the family, donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in memory of the Abbas Family. Donate here:

ACCESS recognizes and understands the difficulty of coping with such a painful tragedy that has impacted our entire community. If you or someone you know would like grief counseling to cope with this loss, please contact our Behavioral Health Manager, Sean McGraw, at 313.584.1193 to be connected with one of our trained grief counselors.


Compiled by Arab America