Man says he didn't know wife was going to get out of car

Husband of woman struck on highway speaks out

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The husband of a woman who was hit and killed by oncoming traffic on in Akron Monday afternoon told Cleveland 19 that losing his wife is the "worst tragedy [he] ever had in [his] life."

Randey Johnson said Tuesday that he and his wife had a whirlwind romance. He said they met, fell in love and got married all within a span of a couple months.

"One day she asked me to marry her and I said yes," Randey Johnson said. The two got married about two weeks ago.

He said, despite the fact that Akron police said the couple was fighting before Tonya got out of the car they were in, that they weren't fighting Monday afternoon.

"We were in the car, we were talking, we were holding hands and she gave no indication at all whatsoever," said Randey. "I just never knew that she would walk out in traffic like that it's still something that I can't even fathom that would ever happen."

Akron Police said Randey and Tonya were heading southbound on Route 8 Monday afternoon at about 4 p.m.. The two argued, and Tonya got out of the car, ran across three lanes of traffic, climbed over a median and was hit and killed by a truck going the opposite direction. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A lot of people for some reasons think that my wife and I were fighting or we couldn't handle each other and that was not the case. I never touched her, never put a hand on her, we just had newlywed little spats," said Randey.

He said that they had had a few "fights, arguments" but, "I never ever put my hands on her and my wife was never ever scared of me like that."

Cleveland 19 obtained a 911 call from Monday evening, after Tonya's death, where Randey called 911, saying Tonya's family was threatening him and accusing him of hurting her.

"My main thing is that the fact that I don't like the way the family was thinking that I would hurt my wife," said Randey.

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