Aurora teacher Erin Jackson formally charged in hit-and-run crash that injured Denver teen

Jackson released, due in court Friday

DENVER - Aurora teacher Erin Jackson was formally charged Monday after allegedly injuring a Denver teen in a hit-and-run crash last month.

The fifth-grade teacher has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, according to the Denver District Attorney’s office.

Now free on $25,000 bond, Jackson is due to appear in court Friday to be formally advised of the charge.

According to an arrest affidavit, the 30-year-old Jackson ran a red light about 7 a.m. on Feb. 27, hitting 16-year-old East High School student Deyondrah Bridgeman as she crossed Colfax Avenue. Jackson kept driving without slowing down, police said.

Bridgeman suffered serious head injuries from the crash.

After the hit-and-run, Jackson eventually parked her car outside her home -- five blocks from the collision scene, the affidavit says.

About 4:30 a.m. the day after the collision, Jackson walked into the District Six Police Station at 1566 N. Washington St. 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 affidavit says.

Jackson said she wanted to speak with the District Attorney's Office and refused to say anything else without an attorney, according to the affidavit. The woman sobbed during a court appearance last week.

Jackson is a fifth grade teacher at an Aurora charter school, AXL Academy. She teaches science, English and social studies. The AXL Academy website says Jackson is originally from Lawrence, Mass., and recently moved to Colorado.

Police were called to the reported hit-and-run at Colfax Avenue near Elizabeth Street  at 7:11 a.m. on the day of the incident.

A woman told police she was walking on Colfax when she heard a loud bang and looked up and saw "a person flying through the air," the affidavit said.

Based on physical evidence and witnesses accounts, a gray sedan traveling eastbound on Colfax ran a red light at Elizabeth Street and struck the teen who was walking north across Colfax in the crosswalk with the walk signal, the affidavit said.

A police street surveillance camera captured video of the hit-and-run.The female witness told police the hit-and-run driver was a woman in her 20s or early 30s with long red hair. The witness recalled part of the license number, "226WV," saying the plate digits were red on a white background, the affidavit said.

Police said they found several a pieces of evidence from the collision, including a uniquely shaped piece of gray plastic that appeared to be from the sedan's front bumper.

After Jackson turned herself in, police ran a background check and found she lived in the 1500 block of Gaylord Street. Investigators determined she had a Massachusetts driver's license and is the registered owner of a gray, 4-door Chevrolet Impala, which has a license plate number "8226WV" in red digits. Police said the Chevy matched the hit-and-run vehicle from the surveillance video.

Investigators went to Jackson's residence and found the Chevrolet parked across the street. The sedan had a missing section of front bumper that matched the "unique shape" of the gray piece of plastic recovered from the hit-and-run scene, the affidavit said.

"The suspect vehicle also had damage to the passenger-side front bumper and hood that was consistent with the hit-and-run auto-pedestrian collision at Colfax Ave. and Elizabeth St.," a detective wrote in the affidavit.

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