Joshua Sabad Valdez, accused of pushing his wife into traffic Monday afternoon, testified in Columbus Recorder’s Court Thursday that the wreck was an accident and that he was trying to avoid one of the witnesses.
Valdez, 22, was walking north across Victory Drive with his 22-year-old wife around 3:30 p.m. when witnesses say he threw his arm out. Police allege that Valdez, who had already reached the median while the woman was still in the road, pushed her into traffic.
Valdez, who is charged with aggravated assault, pleaded not guilty.
“We tried to stop, and she tried to move away, but there was no way she could move,” said one of the witnesses through an interpreter. “Everything was too fast, and we were panicking.”
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Valdez, however, said he and the woman were crossing Victory Drive at that point to avoid the witness, who he’d seen at a nearby Spectrum station, because of a rent issue.
“It was an accident, you know what I’m saying?” Valdez told Judge Mary Buckner.
Another witness testified that she saw Valdez throw his hand up, but didn’t see him push the woman.
After the wreck, Valdez ran from the scene, Columbus Police Cpl. Carl Akin testified. Valdez returned, saying he went to a nearby store to call for help and then to the woman’s family to tell them because they didn’t have a telephone.
Buckner bound the case over to Muscogee County Superior Court and ordered Valdez held without bond.