Erin Jackson, Aurora teacher, sentenced to community service in East High hit-and-run

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Erin Jackson.
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.

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An image from the video that shows the moment before Bridgeman was hit.
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.

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.


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27 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Moral of the Story -- teach your children to LOOK both ways BEFORE they cross the street!


Leah Doner
Leah Doner

This sort of thing seems to be universal. The junkie who ran a red light and hit me and then drove away did no prison time either. (Yes, Maggie, I managed to make it about me again.)

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

If the victim's family said OK or not doesn't matter. She is guilty of hit & run and should be IN JAIL

Stephanie McCutcheon
Stephanie McCutcheon

Bullshit! She's an effing TEACHER! She deserves jail time for what she did to that girl...and to not stop when you hit ANYTHING (animal or person) is just plain wrong.

dbxwr
dbxwr

With such little regard for life other than her own,

let's hope she doesn't have kids.

william.goodin
william.goodin

This is an absolute outrage. This was a HIT AND RUN with virtually no consequences. Erin Jackson is scum.

Jenn Stone
Jenn Stone

As a mother of a child at East High School, I think more needs to be done by the parents, schools, and justice system to make sure everyone is safe and held accountable for their actions!!! If this women was truly sorry she would NEVER have left a bleeding/injured child in the road alone! Some people make me sick

Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

Totally agree with you. We have good friends who went thru a similar situation. 2 friends were killed and a 3rd injured by a distracted driver while walking on the side of the road. The mother of 2 victims and the wife of the other went to the DA and requested the sentence, which was probation and community service. (The DA stated had they not, the driver would most likely have been sentenced to serious jail time.) They said that no amount of jail time would change anything and the consequence's of the accident would always have an impact on the drivers life. Sometimes, forgiveness outshines revenge. :/

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

The family of the victim agreed to this plea bargain...if they dont have an issue with it why do any of you?

GFTW
GFTW

I'm moar upset that Jenn Wolowitz apparently got off scot-free after her criminal Dickhead Cocktails article.

Chris McDonald
Chris McDonald

Bitch should spend every second in jail that the victim spends in the hospital and rehab.

Hope Brannan
Hope Brannan

This sentence is typical of our so called "justice" system. C'mon, how the heck can she be allowed to plea down in the first place let alone plead to "attempting" to flee the scene?? Video CLEARLY shows this sad excuse for a woman leaving the scene after running this poor girl over. She should be in prison right now. This just confirms my distrust of our Court system.

Sandy Cooper
Sandy Cooper

No, not an appropriate sentence at all. She left a young girl for dead in the middle of the street! It was a cruel and heartless act and she should suffer for it. The girl she hit will suffer for it for the rest of her life. This woman disgusts me.

Kris Anger
Kris Anger

Ridiculous. Our justice system would rather have zero tolerance with people who have alcohol and drug issues (putting them behind bars for years) than a person (who educates children) running down a teenager and fleeing the scene. Talk about a broke system.

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

unbelievable. She should not only be in prison, but also barred from teaching for having zero ethics. I would never want my child to be taught by someone who could leave the scene of an accident like that.

Si James
Si James

No - she fled the scene. That alone deserves a little jail time.

Victoria Lathrop
Victoria Lathrop

Not harsh enough...especially with running the red light & leaving the scene.

Don Butner
Don Butner

I want her teaching in my class.... Drivers Ed

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Pam Stiffler ... and if she had remained at the scene, how would the injuries suffered by the pedestrian have been different?

Be specific and show your work.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Stephanie McCutcheon ... why would you stop for an animal?


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