Man faces several charges following hit and run

By Dan Wells - bio | email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Charges have been filed against a Newport man accused in a hit and run in Covington over the weekend.

Bobby Applegate, 26, is accused of driving a stolen SUV onto a sidewalk in Mainstrasse Village, hitting a woman, then taking off.

But it doesn't end there, because then he raced across the Roebling Suspension Bridge and set the stolen car on fire.

"How do you come clear across the yellow line and two feet up on the sidewalk unless it was intentional?" wonders Susan Barnett, owner of La Cherie Bakery.

Business owners in Mainstrasse are still asking questions about the horrifying hit and run.

"I heard and saw the vehicle come flying past and I remember thinking, 'Wow that guy is going way too fast,' and it looked like he was going 60 or 65 mph, he was going that fast," said Julie Boone of Julie's Inspiration Consignment Shop.

Police say Applegate is at the center of that dangerous, drug-induced ride through the crowded streets .

Eye witness say Applegate was speeding down Main Street when he apparently lost control of his car he hit this planter and sent across into a crowd of people the stolen car he was driving kept coming down Main Street and took out a trash receptacle also took out this fire hydrant before hitting a pedestrian and sending that woman to the hospital.

"A lady said she'd never seen a body thrown so far. I mean it threw her like 20 feet and she landed just like a doll underneath the front two tires of these people car," said Barnett.

According to Covington Police, Applegate then took off, sped across the Roebling Suspension Bridge with a flat tire, got out of the vehicle, and lit the stolen SUV on fire.

He was finally arrested just past 2 a.m. on Saturday on 5th street in Downtown Cincinnati, where police found drugs on him.

"I've never seen anything like that, someone laying underneath someone's car just because someone was out partying," said Barnett.

Applegate is charged with several offenses, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, arson, receiving stolen property and drug abuse.

The victim in all of this, Rae Hier, 30, was taken to University Hospital and released Sunday.