Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Powell County Hit and Run Investigation
Date of News Release: 11/30/2013
(Clay City, KY) - On Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 4:42 P.M. Kentucky State Police in Morehead was requested to respond the Easy Stop Gas Station on Main Street in Clay City to a report of an injury accident. Trooper Jason Brown, Powell County Sheriff's Deputies, Stanton Police Department, Clay City Fire Department, Powell County EMS, PHI Air Medical Transport, and Air Methods responded to the scene.
Jarrod Fugate, 19 of Frenchburg, Zachary Romans, 25 of Denniston, and Anthony Romans, 24 of Denniston, were reported to be causing a disturbance at the Easy Stop Gas Station in Clay City. When asked to leave by the owner, the three males all got into a 1998 Volvo S70 operated by Jarrod Fugate. Jarrod Fugate accelerated swiftly in reverse striking Tammy Curtis, 55 of Stanton. Jarrod Fugate then changed directions and accelerated striking Kayla Rivera, 23 of Clay City, and Virgel "Ben" Barnett, 84 of Clay City before fleeing the scene.
The vehicle was located by the Mt. Sterling Police Department and Jarrod Fugate, Zachary Romans, and Anthony Romans were arrested on local charges. Trooper Jason Brown responded to the Montgomery County Detention Center and charged Jarrod Fugate with three counts of Assault 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
Tammy Curtis and Kayla Rivera were both flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Hospital and are currently listed in stable condition. Virgel "Ben" Barnett was treated on scene and released. It does appear that alcohol is a contributing factor in the accident. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Jason Brown.