The early morning hours meant there was not a lot of traffic or people in the area to see what happened, said Jennifer Timmons, public information officer for the Columbia Police Department.
By chance, MacKinnon said, two women were nearby and saw the car swerving, and after the accident came to Bires’ immediate aid. Also by chance, an empty advanced life support ambulance was driving by, stopped and transported Bires to the hospital. She said her sister received care in less than 10 minutes, and she is hopeful that will make a difference.
“Lindsay is not alone on this path of recovery,” said Palmetto Health Richland Hospital Administrator on Duty E.T. Taylor in a statement. “From the moment this event occurred, faith allowed fellow co-workers to be right by her side to help her; faith allowed an available Advanced Cardiac Life Support ambulance to pull up even before the first 911 call could be made; faith had the Trauma Team already in place and faith has brought Lindsay’s family safely to be by her side.”
MacKinnon said Bires is her only sister, was the maid of honor at her wedding, and is the godmother of one of her two daughters. Bires’ parents live in Danvers. MacKinnon said she first received word about the accident in a call at 4 a.m. that morning from the hospital’s administrator, whom she described as supportive.
Bires has undergone surgery since the accident, said Timmons.
“She is a true victim,” Timmons said.
The Columbia police Traffic Safety Unit canvassed the area and asked local businesses for surveillance video footage. While the hospital may have surveillance footage of its own, “I don’t believe it captured the actual incident,” Timmons said. So far, the car that was involved has not been identified or located, but police say it may have damage to the driver’s side.