‘There’s a tire track on her back’: Lincoln sisters describe being hit by a truck during protest

Jaida Graves and Lacretia Contreras say they feel lucky to be alive. 

Jaida Graves and Lacretia Contreras say they feel lucky to be alive.

The sisters were part of the protest in downtown Lincoln on Friday, and say they were hit by a truck which was followed up by a riot.

“We turned around and he tapped her twice with his car before he hit her and she had to jump on the hood to keep from getting hit worse than she was,” Graves said, describing the scene. “And then he stopped and she fell under his tire. He ran over her, hit me, reversed back over her and then swerved and sent me flying to the side because he hit me again before he took off.”

Graves was knocked unconscious and taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was told she had a concussion and bruised ribs. Contreras followed shortly after, and says she was diagnosed with a brain bleed and numerous cuts and bruises.

“You know how you say you’ve been hit by a truck? Literally been hit by a truck. Everything hurts,” Contreras said. “She has road rash all on her back,” her sister added. “It literally looks like there’s a tire track on her back.”

Lincoln police said they were investigating a hit-and-run that occurred at the scene, but no further details have been released.

The sisters say they weren’t interviewed by officers on the scene, but told Channel 8 Eyewitness News they planned to file a police report.

“As weird as it is I’m thankful I got hit by that truck,” Contreras said. “Because people will pay attention and see what was happening behind the scenes of that.”

Both women say they don’t support violence, but say they understand why tensions have risen so high across the country.

“I don’t support rioting but I understand it,” Graves said. “Because you want to be heard and nobody is listening when they march peacefully. Nobody listens to us.”

If given the chance, the sisters say they’d join the protest again. They say they’re luckier than those like George Floyd.

“We got to go home,” Graves said. “We’re alive.”