Shi’dea Lane, Girl Who Got Uppercut Punched By Bus Driver, Speaks Out [VIDEO]
Shi'dea Lane is the 25-year-old woman that millions saw on the receiving end of 'The Uppercut Heard Round The World.' I still can't fathom how she wasn't knocked out cold by the brutal punch, but now she is speaking out on the whole ordeal.
I don’t remember everything, because I was so hysterical at the time,” said Lane, 25, of the September 18th incident. “The bus driver didn’t think I had any money to get on the bus and I was looking for it, trying to tell him that I have money to get on the bus. Can you just let me find it? And from there it just escalated.
In the video, it's clear that the driver wasn't unprovoked. According to several eyewitness reports, Lane spits on Hughes, the hits him. Hughes is then seen responding by saying. "you going to jail now" several times before landing the uppercut that drops Lane to the floor. Hughes told police that he was simply defending himself, but Lane doesn't agree with that statement.
It’s amazing to see how a man would hit a woman that hard. Are you serious? You could have pulled me off the bus. You can’t really touch anyone, but for real? You really punched me?” said Lane. “It felt like I was on Mortal Kombat. It just hurted. It was almost like a ‘finish him!’ type of hit,
Naturally, when asked if she hit and or spit on Hughes first, Lane had no comment, and mentioned that she needed to talk to her lawyer. As of right now, Hughes is still suspended and removed from duty by RTA while an investigation is ongoing.
Neither Hughes nor Lane pressed any charges initially after the incident.