DENVER - The 16-year-old East High School student hit by a car last week is in intensive care, her family tells 7NEWS.
Deyondrah Bridgeman was hit at Colfax Avenue near Elizabeth Street just after 7 a.m. on Feb. 27.
A statement released by Bridgeman's family read: "Dee’s injuries are very serious and we hope that this tragedy will help people understand the importance of careful driving. We also encourage the students at East High to be extra vigilant while walking to school and crossing busy streets."
The family's statement also said Bridgeman is unable to accept flowers or visitors because she is in the Intensive Care Unit.
"In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo in the name of Deyondrah Bridgeman for anyone who would like to contribute to Dee’s medical bills," the statement reads.
Denver police say the suspect, Erin Jackson, 30, ran a red light before hitting Bridgeman and then kept going.
Jackson is a fifth-grade teacher at an Aurora charter school, AXL Academy. She teaches science, English and social studies.
The day after the collision, Jackson turned herself in to Denver police and told an officer "that she was in an accident where she hit a girl the day before and she wanted to turn herself in," the police affidavit said.
Jackson has been released from jail on $25,000 bond.