Crimestoppers: 7-Year Anniversary of Nurse Hit-and-Run Investigation

By September 16, 2019 Press Releases

Columbia Police Chief W. H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook announces that today marks the seven-year anniversary of a hit and run incident that seriously injured a cardiac nurse and USC graduate who worked at a local hospital.

Photo of Lindsay Bires: Courtesy of the Bires Family

On September 16, 2012, Lindsay was standing on the sidewalk at Medical Park Drive during a work break from Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

According to witnesses, a white compact car ran off the side of the road twice before making impact with Bires causing life-threatening injuries. The driver did not stop or render aid.

After the incident, those same witnesses helped Bires, and were able to get medical personnel on site immediately.

According to her family, the road to recovery since the incident has been extremely difficult.

Lindsay has undergone more than 20 operations and intense therapy since the crime. Her mother Susan Bires says, “She is alive but lost her life that night.  Lindsay’s quality of life is now suicide attempts,  isolation, and psychiatric and medical hospitals. The Lindsay that remains is a life of despair and challenges. This person needs to apologize to her and give her the peace she deserves.” 

In an effort to generate Crimestoppers tips, CPD is asking citizens to recall specific conversations they might have had with someone regarding the incident.

For example, did that person act differently/nervously during the discussion, or show signs of guilt and remorse?

It is also important for citizens to recall someone who may have driven a white compact car during the time of the incident and/or had vehicle repairs done.

Chief Holbrook encourages citizens with any information about the crime to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information.
LOG onto:, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.