Victim in near-fatal hit-and-run still recovering almost a year later

A recent photo of Lindsay Bires with her boyfriend.
A recent photo of Lindsay Bires with her boyfriend.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Nearly a year after a hit and run nearly killed a Columbia nurse, police are still searching for the driver.

Lindsay Bires, a 24-year-old nurse who just graduated college, was working the night shift at Palmetto Health Richland back in September when a car jumped the curb and ran her over.

"She said she's suffered enough, and she feels like that she was helping people that evening and deserves justice," said Lindsay's mom, Sue Bires.

Sue spoke for her daughter Wednesday morning. Lindsay continues to recover from her injuries in Boston.

"Her life, instead of working on her career, is just working on functioning and hoping that she can one day be back on her own again," said Sue.

From the very beginning of the investigation into the incident, police have not had much luck.

"It seemed like anything that could work against us, did," said Columbia Police Interim Chief Ruben Santiago.

Santiago said the street wasn't well- lit, nearby surveillance cameras just happened to be rotating the other direction when Lindsay was struck, and witnesses were about 50 yards away.

But a new investigator was brought in earlier this year as well as SLED. Santiago said forensic evidence currently being analyzed by the FBI could yield more leads. An anonymous tip, though, would be the ultimate lead.

"Think about what it would be like if it were your family," said Santiago. "Wouldn't you want someone to answer to this? We're hoping someone out there knows something."

Lindsay's recovery will take years. They'll be difficult, according to Sue, but some closure would come with an arrest and conviction. She's willing to pay $15,000 to the person who can deliver it; a sentiment put more bluntly, by Lindsay herself.

"It's basically been almost a year since this took place," said Sue. "And it really is a, in her words, a long damn time to wait for a solution and justice."

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