BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — DANVERS — Friends and family of a Danvers native and nurse are planning a fundraiser next week at the Danversport Yacht Club.
Lindsay Bires is recovering in a Boston rehabilitation hospital from injuries she suffered in an unsolved hit-and-run accident in South Carolina on Sept. 16.
Bires, a 24-year-old 2006 Danvers High School graduate, was on break early that morning when a car jumped a curb as she stood on the sidewalk outside the South Carolina hospital where she worked. The accident left her in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C. At the time, Bires, a former nursing student at the University of South Carolina, was working the night shift as a cardiac nurse at nearby Palmetto Health Heart Hospital.
“She is making progress, definitely,” said Carla Powers of Danvers, whose son, Danny Powers, is Bires’ fiance. Carla Powers said her son, a 2005 graduate of Danvers High, is by Bires’ side every day. The two are high school sweethearts.
“She is improving,” said Susan Bires, Lindsay Bires’ mother. Lindsay Bires suffered multiple broken bones and severe brain trauma and is in a “semiconscious state.”
Lindsay Bires was flown to Boston on Oct. 16. She spent two weeks at Massachusetts General Hospital battling an infection before being transferred to the Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care in Cambridge. She was transferred to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston last week. She has mostly been bedridden but lately has been able to sit up in a wheelchair.
“The family is hoping for a real good recovery,” Susan Bires said.
Lindsay Bires has not spoken since the accident.
“Her eyes are following people,” said Susan Bires, who has noticed progress since her daughter has been at Spaulding. Her daughter’s recovery could take one to two years, Susan Bires said.
Lindsay Bires, who played field hockey at Danvers High, has a lot going for her in that she is young, has a good personality and is intelligent, her doctors told her mother.
“All those things help you in the recovery process,” Susan Bires said. “You just have to stay hopeful and have a lot of faith.”
Columbia police and the local Crimestoppers program have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the driver of the car that hit Bires. Witnesses saw a small, white car run off the side of the road at least twice before striking Bires.
Susan Bires said she is amazed at the generosity of those in Danvers who have come forward to help plan and make donations.
“We are just overwhelmed by it,” Susan Bires said.
The fundraiser called “A Night for Lindsay” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, at the Danversport Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $50 per person, and the evening will include light hors d’oeuvres and carving stations, raffles, and a DJ.
For tickets, send a check payable to “Prayers for Lindsay c/o Susan Bires” to: Mary Pendergrass, 15 Cherry St., Lynn, MA 01902. Physical tickets will not be distributed, but your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit card, go to https://buildacrowd.com/event/158.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.