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September 22, 2012

Danvers High grad in critical condition

DANVERS — Police, family and a crime prevention program are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in a hit-and-run incident early Sunday morning that critically injured a Danvers native and nurse who worked for a hospital in the Midlands section of South Carolina.

Lindsay Bires, 24, a Danvers High Class of 2006 graduate, was struck by a car that jumped a curb as she stood on a sidewalk outside the hospital where she worked, police in Columbia, S.C., said.

Bires was listed yesterday in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C., police, the hospital and her sister, Lauren MacKinnon, said.

Bires works as a cardiac nurse at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, which is in the immediate vicinity of the hospital where she is being treated.

MacKinnon, 34, took part in a news conference at the Columbia Police Department yesterday afternoon to announce the reward to find who was involved in the accident and implore whoever was responsible to “come forward.”

“My sister Lindsay on that night was doing her job,” she said in a statement. “She continues to do her job. Please, whoever is responsible for this, come forward. Please do the right thing for my sister.”

“This is not just another accident,” said Columbia police Chief Randy Scott in a statement. “Lindsay Bires is trained to help save lives. Now she is the one who is fighting for her life. Lindsay deserves to know the truth.”

MacKinnon said in an interview her sister is showing signs of improvement.

“She seems to be making positive strides,” MacKinnon said. “She lifted her finger today.”

Investigators say Bires was standing on a sidewalk at 4 Medical Park Drive, a cut through for the hospital, around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, during a work break. That’s when a white, compact car “ran over the curb and hit her,” MacKinnon said. Witnesses told police the car ran off the side of the road at least twice before striking Bires then leaving the scene.

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