Columbia, S.C. — Columbia Police are trying to determine whether a car stolen in a fatal shooting in September is the same car that hit a nurse earlier that night outside a local hospital.
Investigators have recovered the white 1996 Mazda Protege belonging to Michael L. Davis, and are processing it for evidence that might link it to a Sept. 16 hit-and-run that severely injured nurse Lindsay Bires at 2:25 a.m.
Bires and other hospital employees were standing outside the hospital on Medical Park Drive on a break when a white sedan barreled down the road and onto the sidewalk. Other employees jumped out of the way before the vehicle struck 24-year-old Bires.
Davis was found lying in the road with gunshot wounds in the 3800 block of North Main Street at 3:30 a.m., about a half-mile from the hospital. He was transported to Palmetto Health Richland and was pronounced dead at 4:09 a.m.
His car was recovered Thursday. Jennifer Timmons, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman, would not provide details on where the car was recovered, citing the ongoing investigation.
At this time, investigators cannot confirm whether the same car was involved in both incidents, Timmons said, but are investigating the possibility.
A Protege was spotted on surveillance video at the scene on North Main Street, but it wasnt until Thursday that police said it was the car stolen from Davis.
Police have arrested 18-year-old Cheo Green and 17-year-old Austin Jamal Murray in Davis death, and have charged each man with murder and carjacking.
Green, who was arrested Thursday, was additionally charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, armed robbery and a second count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with a robbery in the 700 block of King Street at 2 a.m. on Sept. 22, after USCs football game with the University of Missouri.
Bires last month was transferred to a hospital in Cambridge, Mass., according to the Prayers for Lindsay Facebook page, which was created to update friends and relatives on her recovery. Her family is from Danvers, Mass., a suburb of Boston. Bires is a graduate of the USC School of Nursing.
Medical officials have credited Bires coworkers quick responses for saving her life.
Noelle Phillips contributed to this story. Reach Price at (803) 771-8376.