DENVER - The teacher accused of hitting a high school student in Denver in February and leaving the scene will not go to jail.
Under a plea agreement approved by the victim's family, Erin Jackson pleaded guilty to attempted hit-and-run causing serious bodily injury and will be sentenced to probation and 350 hours of community service. The guilty plea is a Class 5 felony.
Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman with the Denver District Attorney's office, said this was a negotiated plea, "that would ensure Ms. Jackson pleaded guilty to a felony that will always remain on her record."
Surveillance video showed East High School student Deyondrah Bridgeman, 16, walking north in the crosswalk at Colfax Avenue and Elizabeth Street Feb. 27 when a sedan ran a red light and hit her. The driver didn't stop.
Erin Jackson, a teacher at Axl Academy in Aurora, turned herself in the next day.
"The prosecutor in this case had to work with the defense and the family to find something that held her accountable," said Kimbrough.
Bridgeman was seriously injured in the crash. She still has brain damage and paralysis and is learning to walk again.
"I don't think people realize the seriousness of the injuries to this young girl," said Kimbrough. "This has changed her life forever."
But, Kimbrough said, there was no guarantee that by going to trial Jackson would face anything more serious than this particular conviction and proposed sentence.