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Only on 10: Wife of man hurt in hit-and-run says suspect punched her in face

The wife of a 31-year-old Central Falls man who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash said the suspect threatened her family before the crash. (Photo courtesy of Amy Clements)

The wife of a 31-year-old Central Falls man who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash said the suspect threatened her family before the crash.

“The guy went to get in his vehicle and said, ‘I'm going to run you over,’” Amy Clements told NBC 10 News Wednesday.

Clements said her husband, Sean Bager, is in a coma fighting for his life at Rhode Island Hospital.

“I just keep talking to him and it hurts so bad that he's not talking back,” she said.

James Rohelia, of Pawtucket, has been accused of assault with the intent to commit murder, along with driving with a suspended license and several other charges.

Clements said she was at Walgreen’s on Broad Street in Pawtucket with her husband and 15-year-old son Monday around 11 p.m. when Rohelia approached them and started to cause a scene.

When the parties went outside, Clements said Rohelia started again and lunged at Bager, throwing a punch that ended up hitting Clements and bruising her jaw.

“I got struck in the face by the guy,” Clements said. “My husband was really upset because he just hit his wife, so he started hitting him back in self-defense.”

Clements said Rohelia then got in his pick-up truck and drove towards them, hitting Bager.

“He was more concerned about which way we were going and didn't have a chance to get out of the way,” she said. “The man floored his truck towards my husband and my husband flipped over the hood of his truck and landed on his back and was unresponsive.”

Rohelia appeared in court Wednesday. He was ordered held on $75,000 bail with surety.

“I believe he should be charged with three counts of intent to murder because he came after three people, not just my husband,” Clements said.

Clements said her husband didn't want to start a fight, but is now left fighting for his life.

“He is a great person,” she said. “He didn't deserve this.”

Rohelia is due back in court in September.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account has been starting to help Bager's family.

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