Teacher who injured East High student in hit-and-run will serve no jail time

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DENVER -- Erin Jackson, the Aurora teacher who accidentally hit an East High School student with her car and fled the scene, will serve no jail time under a plea deal reached Monday.

Jackson’s Chevrolet Malibu appeared to run a red light before striking Deyondrah Bridgeman as she crossed Colfax Avenue on Feb. 27, video of the accident showed. The vehicle never showed signs of swerving or stopping after barreling over the student.

Jackson, 31, turned herself in two days after the crash. Jackson was a 5th grade teacher at AXL Academy, a charter school in Aurora.

Police said they found the car Jackson was driving not far from the scene of the hit-and-run.

Jackson lived in the area of 16th Avenue and Gaylord Street. One neighbor said he saw her walking her dog in the neighborhood after the accident.

She was originally charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident, among other charges, but pleaded guilty to attempted hit and run causing serious bodily injury, a felony.

Prosecutors said the original charge of leaving the scene of an accident would not guarantee jail time for Jackson should she be convicted. The plea deal was an acceptable compromise because it meant Jackson would have a felony conviction on her record, prosecutors said.

Both Jackson's and Bridgeman's families were in court for the Monday hearing. Neither would comment on the plea deal.

Bridgeman, 16, suffered a severe brain injury in the collision.  She has since moved to Omaha, Neb. for rehabilitation.

Prosecutors said Bridgeman's family has incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses.

Jackson's sentencing will be Aug. 30. In addition to the two-year mandatory probation, she faces the possibility of having to perform community service and pay restitution.

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