Oak Ridge father worried about daughter’s safety; says ex-boyfriend’s bond too low after nearly killing her

Andy Hayes
Richard Zires (source: KCSO)
Richard Zires (source: KCSO)

OAK RIDGE (WATE) – A local father is worried about his daughter, saying he feels her ex-boyfriend posted an extremely low bond after nearly killing her.

“Right now, the Knox County court system and I are going to be at odds for a long time,” said Andy Hayes.

That’s because a man by the name of Richard Zires didn’t have to come up with much money to post bond and now Andy Hayes is worried about his daughter’s safety.

“My daughter is a prisoner because she can’t really go anywhere, she’s in fear everywhere she goes now,” said Hayes.

Zires is Hayes’ daughter’s ex-boyfriend. He was arrested in July and charged with aggravated assault. The Knoxville Police Department said the two left Zires’ home and drove around town, eventually ending up at the intersection of Henley Street and Clinch Avenue. That is where Hayes’ daughter got out of the car and Zires ran her over.

Hospital pictures show cuts and bruises Zires is believed to have caused with both a knife and his car.

“She has trouble sleeping at night. She had to go through therapy. This has been very traumatic for her,” said Hayes.

Right now, Zires is only facing one charge, which is why his bond was set at only $20,000. The District Attorney’s office said they can’t comment on an ongoing case, but KPD says they have witnesses and evidence that Zires hit Hayes’ daughter with his car. They told Hayes more charges are likely to come, but in the meantime, Zires is back on the streets.

Hospital pictures show cuts and bruises Zires is believed to have caused with both a knife and his car.
Hospital pictures show cuts and bruises Zires is believed to have caused with both a knife and his car.

“What bothers me is that all this can happen and the man can still be set free,” said Hayes.

Some of those other possible charges are in the hands of the grand jury to decide what to do. Police say there’s more to this case than what they can discuss right now. At this point, the police aren’t sure when those additional charges will be filed.

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