Erin Jackson, Aurora teacher, sentenced to community service in East High hit-and-run
Erin Jackson, the thirty-year-old Aurora teacher arrested for a hit-and-run that occurred outside East High School in late February and seriously injured a student, has pleaded guilty to attempting to leave the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury -- a lesser charge than the one she originally faced. As part of the plea agreement, Jackson won't face any jail time. Instead, she'll be required to complete 350 hours of community service, serve an as-yet-undetermined amount of time on probation and pay restitution to the teenage victim.
The length of Jackson's probation and the amount of restitution she'll have to pay to Deyondrah Bridgeman will be determined at Jackson's sentencing hearing on August 30, says Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office.
The hit-and-run occurred on the morning of February 27. Bridgeman, then sixteen, was about halfway across East Colfax Avenue on her way to class at East High when a gray sedan blew through a red light and struck her so hard that a witness said she flew through the air. The driver didn't slow down. Instead, a video captured by a nearby HALO camera shows the sedan driving away as Bridgeman lay bleeding in the street with a head injury.
At 4:30 a.m. the next morning, Jackson walked into a police station and told the police that she had been behind the wheel.
An image from the video that shows the moment before Bridgeman was hit.
Today, Bridgeman is reportedly recovering at an out-of-state rehabilitation center that specializes in treating juveniles. Kimbrough says it was important to Bridgeman's family that Jackson be charged with a felony, as opposed to a misdemeanor, as part of the plea deal. "The family was more interested in holding her accountable with a felony conviction that would stay on her record," Kimbrough says. "A felony conviction for her will have some other implications," including possibly impacting her teaching career.
As we reported in May, the city and state planned to make changes to the intersection at Colfax and Elizabeth Street where Bridgeman was hit. Those changes include installing a new traffic signal with two red-yellow-and-green stoplights hanging over the street instead of just one, as well as a new countdown pedestrian walk signal.
Continue to read the DA's press release about Jackson's plea.