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PD: Phoenix woman runs over estranged husband, says 'no man puts hands on me'

Posted: 11:17 AM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 15:11:40-04
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PHOENIX — A woman allegedly ran over her estranged husband after an argument in north Phoenix, according to court documents.

Phoenix police report that on August 17, a man was walking on the sidewalk near 21st Avenue and Beardsley Road when he was struck and run over by a vehicle.

The driver, identified as 32-year-old Otilia Mercedes Vargas, then continued driving down the road, according to police.

When a witness asked Vargas if she hit the victim, who police identified as her estranged husband, Vargas reportedly replied, "Damn straight I ran him over. No man puts hands on me."

She then drove home, where she was later arrested.

The victim suffered a broken ankle, broken left shoulder and bruised lungs. He reportedly told police that he walked away from Vargas after a verbal argument with her. He denied any physical confrontation between the two, according to police.

Vargas refused to speak to investigators, police say.

Vargas has been charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.