Mother on Police, Daughter's Case: 'I'm frustrated'

Susan Bires turning to other crime-fighting methods


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- If and when local investigators solve the hit and run case of Lindsay Bires, there will have been at least three Columbia police chiefs overseeing the case. For Lindsay's mother, Susan, that is not comforting, which is why she's taking matters into her own hands.

Susan Bires goes from sad to mad when she recalls the critical hours after her daughter Lindsay became the victim of a hit and run in Columbia September 16, 2012.

"I want some answers," said Susan Bires. "What happened?"

According to authorities, it happened around 2:30 am near Palmetto Health Richland, where Lindsay was a cardiac nurse. While on a break, investigators say a white compact vehicle hit her and didn't stop. She suffered brain trauma, barely surviving. Hours turned into days and Susan Bires felt police progress was too slow. Former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott headed the department.

"I said 'I really need to talk to the Chief Scott' and found out Randy was no longer chief. I got Ruben. I have to say he's been great."

However, Interim chief Ruben Santiago, is on his way out. The City of Columbia is in the midst of hiring a new permanent police chief. That person will be the third top chief in the 18-months since Lindsay's hit and run.

"Whether it was the former chief, myself or the future chief, if these cases are open they never stop being worked," said Santiago. "That means 20 years from now if we're still figuring out who done this, we'll be working towards that."

That may be, but Susan isn't waiting on local police only any longer.

"I've hired a private investigator."

In addition to hiring a P.I. Susan created a YouTube video hoping to generate what police have been unable to: solid leads. She's also increased the reward money to $25,000. An additional $1000 is available through CrimeStoppers for tips leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this crime. Call
1-888-CRIME-SC if you know something that may help police.

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