A 22-year-old Columbus woman is in critical condition with severe head trauma after being shoved into oncoming traffic Monday on Victory Drive, police said.
Joshua Sabad Valdez, 22, of Columbus was charged with aggravated assault Monday on accusations he pushed a woman into eastbound traffic on Victory Drive around 3:30 p.m., Columbus police reports state.
“A lady was driving down the road and the next thing you know, a woman was pushed out in front of her car,” Cpl. Carl Akin said.
Officers were called to the scene at Victory and South Lumpkin Road, where witnesses said the woman had been pushed into oncoming traffic, reports state.
The woman had severe head trauma and was taken to The Medical Center, police said. She remained in critical condition on Tuesday. “Her condition is critical, but her vital signs are stable,” Akin said.
He said Valdez denies pushing the woman.
The suspect’s initial court hearing was postponed Tuesday because witnesses failed to wear proper attire to court. Before the postponement, Columbus Recorder’s Court Judge Mary Buckner advised Valdez of his rights through an interpreter.
The judge also rescheduled the rest of the preliminary hearing for 2 p.m. Thursday and told Akin to tell the witnesses they cannot wear flip-flops and casual tops inside a courtroom.