One mother travels hundreds of miles looking for justice
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:49:07 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Last fall Susan Bires says her daughter's life changed.
Lindsay Bires was a nurse at Palmetto Health's Heart Hospital, while she was on her break on September 16th, The South Carolina grad was hit by a car right in front of the hospital. The driver never stopped.
"Whether she was going to live they weren't sure, when we got through that whether she would ever come out of the coma they weren't sure, whether she'd come out of it and having a meaningful recovery they doubted it," said Susan Bires.
Lindsay suffered a brain injury and was on life support.
Her family rushed from Massachusetts to be by her side and joined police asking for the public's help in the case.
Almost a year later Susan Bires says there is no certainty the 25 year old will ever fully recover.
Lindsay is relearning how to eat, read and she's trying to rebuild her physical and mental strength.
Bires says medical staff at a Massachusetts rehabilitation center said Lindsay's progress is a sign of hope.
"It's the only thing that keeps us going is the hope that she will get her life back, because the life she has right now is not a life anyone should live," said Bires.
"Lindsay's never going to be the same because of this situation and it's just not fair," said interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago.
Santiago says a white vehicle hit Bires and swerved off the road several times before running into her.
Right now the State Law Enforcement Division and FBI are helping with forensics that Santiago hopes can close the case.
"Whatever the judicial system decides to do to whoever did this is no way gonna compare to what she's been through," adds Bires.
Chief Santiago says on that September day it seems the odds weren't in their favor.
He says rotating surveillance cameras near the hospital were pointed in a different direction when Bires was hit and they are counting on the public for help in the case.