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Denver Judge Sets $25,000 Bond for Aurora Teacher Suspected in Hit-and-Run

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Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson, photo from AXL Academy website.

A Denver judge has set the bond for $25,000 in the case of a fifth-grade Aurora teacher who turned herself in for the hit-and-run that critically injured a 16-year-old student last Wednesday, as Jordan Steffen reports in The Denver Post.

Steffen writes that Erin Jackson, in a yellow-and-white striped jail uniform, was sobbing when she made her first court appearance on Friday morning. She turned herself in to Denver police on Thursday morning. Steffen writes that Jackson is 30, while CBS Denver says she is 31.

CBS Denver writes:

Police believe Erin Jackson, 31, was behind the wheel of a Chevy Malibu that went through a red light at Colfax and Elizabeth Wednesday morning and struck Dee Bridgeman, 16. Bridgeman is a junior at East High School, which is located by the intersection.

Video captured by a HALO camera and released by police Wednesday night showed Bridgeman crossing in a crosswalk with the right of way when the car came through the intersection. The car never slowed down after hitting the teen.

According to CBS Denver, on Thursday, Denver Police Lieutenant Robert Rock said that Bridgeman remains at Denver Health Medical Center with a serious head injury. “Having spoken to her mother this morning (we learned) that she is stabilized, but realistically stabilized means she’s not getting worse,” Rock said.

Jackson teaches at the AXL Academy Public Charter School in Aurora, CBS Denver notes. She moved to Colorado about eight months ago from Massachusetts, Steffen writes. “Records do not indicate Jackson has any previous criminal history,” he notes.

CBS Denver writes that officials at AXL said in a statement:

We are shocked to learn of Erin’s involvement in this terrible accident… We are keeping the victim in our thoughts and prayers and wish her a full recovery. At this time, our top priority is supporting our students as they learn of this sad news.

Although the area of Colfax where the crime happened is not a school zone, CBS Denver writes, and police said not many car accidents occur there, Denver Public Schools officials said several parents have contacted the Denver City Council about getting that changed.

Police are still looking for anyone with more information about this case to contact them, CBS Denver writes. “Just because we have somebody in custody doesn’t mean that your information is not valuable,” Rock said, in a call for additional witnesses who police did not talk to at the scene.


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