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Nurse seriously injured in hit-and-run continues rehab

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Lindsay Bires (middle) continues to rehab after the hit-and-run nearly killed her. Lindsay Bires (middle) continues to rehab after the hit-and-run nearly killed her.
Bires is held up thanks to the aid of her boyfriend. Bires is held up thanks to the aid of her boyfriend.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Lindsay Bires, the nurse who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident on North Main Street back in September, is continuing her rehabilitation fight.

A most recent photo of the Palmetto Health Richland nurse finds her conscious and standing thanks to the aid of her boyfriend in a Massachusetts rehab facility.

Sgt. Bill Pelgrams is still trying to figure out what happened during that sleepy September night.

"It may have been an accident, but what makes it so bad for everybody is that she was seriously injured and this vehicle left the scene," said Pelgrams. "They didn't stop to give aid, they didn't stop to call police. Lindsay could have very easily died from the injuries."

No one seems to deny that.

After weeks and weeks in a coma, Lindsay began speaking in late November after she was moved from Columbia to a Boston hospital near where she grew up.

Her mom, Susan Bires, called us from Massachusetts and says her daughter's recovery is a work in progress.

"She doesn't remember day-to-day, she doesn't remember working as a nurse at the hospital," said Susan.

However, Lindsay does know she is now a patient and she does know why.

"She's very angry that someone would leave her to die like that, and nobody's been punished, so she goes through all these emotions," said Susan.

Investigators say they've been through all their leads. They think the suspect was in a small, rounded white car. They want to know if anyone's seen it because they think someone has and didn't even know it.

"We also want to speak to anybody who works in an auto body shop or a tow company sometime in September," said Pelgrams. "That vehicle was probably taken in for repairs." 

Lindsay will continue to work on her memory and speech. She is also taking small steps toward walking, but her mom says what brings her down the most is the thought of the car that changed her path.

"She's got a long road till she's Lindsay again, but at least we have the opportunity to have her and have her life back," said Susan.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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