Charges Filed Against Woman, Bus Driver in RTA Bus Fight
CLEVELAND — A woman seen on a viral video in an altercation with an RTA bus driver has been charged in connection to the fight, Fox 8 News has learned.
RTA has filed disorderly conduct charges against Shidea Lane for her actions on Sept.18.
“There were concerns about safety for the customers on the bus and the operator,” said RTA spokeswoman Mary Shaffer.
Video surfaced last week showing the physical confrontation between Shidea Lane and RTA bus driver 59-year-old Artis Hughes.
The video appears to show 25-year-old Lane grabbing Hughes during a verbal altercation.
That led to the driver stopping the bus near Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road and delivering an uppercut that knocked her to the ground.
According to a written statement in an RTA police report, Artis Hughes told investigators, “She said she would spit on me, that’s when I told her I would hurt her, she continued to threaten me and as I was driving, she grabbed me in the throat and spit on me in the face. I stopped the bus and I protected myself and got off the bus.”
Last week, Lane spoke exclusively to Fox 8 News reporter Melissa Reid, “I’m still in pain, you know what I’m saying, my face still hurts, like it does, you know what I’m sayin … it was swollen for like … it’s still probably swollen.”
Shaffer says Lane didn’t seek to file charges against Hughes immediately after the incident, leading them to believe she never painted herself as the victim.
“There were no reports or filings by Ms. Lane to indicate there were any problems on this vehicle. The only report we received was from the operator, stating that he was assaulted on that run,” explained Shaffer.
At this point, assault charges have also been filed against Hughes.
Beachwood Prosecutor Tom Greve reviewed the charges against Lane and Hughes and submitted them to Shaker Heights Municipal Court.
Hughes remains suspended without pay until further notice. Shaffer told Fox 8 News he must go through a process agreed on by the union and RTA to see where his employment stands.
RTA said they are working with their unions to strengthen rules to protect employees and their customers against misconduct, as well as to increase penalties.
Hughes and Lane are due in court at a later date.
*Read more on the RTA scuffle here.*