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Columbus man says he didn't push wife into traffic

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Valdez says he is not guilty of pushing his wife, Amber, into traffic and her accident on Victory Drive was just that- an accident that he is not responsible for.

Valdez is behind cars, charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

But witnesses tell a different story.

They testified in Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday that they saw the couple crossing Victory Drive and watched Valdez get up on the median near South Lumpkin Road. They say they saw his arm come back, shoving his wife back into the road.

The passenger in the car that hit her told the judge that Amber tried to move away but had nowhere to go. She was struck by the Ford Escort leaving her with severe head trauma.

"We thought she was dead when we found out but thank God she's alive," said Amber's sister, Stephanie Williams.

Her husband says he's not guilty and denies pushing her, calling the whole thing an accident. He says they were crossing the street when someone he owes money to sped up to talk to him, resulting in the crash.

In court, witnesses also testified that it looked like the couple was arguing at the time of the accident because he was throwing his arms up.

Valdez says he and his wife argued earlier in the day but not then.

Amber's family says the couple's been married about 3 years and says they're relationship has been rocky. They tell News Leader 9 her road to recovery will be a long one.

"I want justice," said her father, David Williams.

"She is trying to fight it. Her doctor says she is young and should be able to bounce back," added her sister.

Amber Valdez is listed in unsatisfactory condition at the Columbus Medical Center.

Her husband is being held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond.

A judge found probable cause in his case.

It has been bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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