$25,000 bond set for tearful teacher accused of injuring student in hit-and-run

Erin Jackson, 31, never stopped crying at a bond hearing on March 1, 2013. The teacher's bond was set at $25,000, and she stands accused of a hit-and-run that left a student critically injured on Feb. 27, 2013.

Erin Jackson, 31, never stopped crying at a bond hearing on March 1, 2013. The teacher's bond was set at $25,000, and she stands accused of a hit-and-run that left a student critically injured on Feb. 27, 2013.

DENVER — The eyes of an Aurora teacher described as “passionate about learning and helping her students acquire an authentic understanding of the world” were not dry for a moment during her court appearance Friday morning.

Standing accused of a hit-and-run crash that left an East High School student critically injured, Erin Jackson’s attorney shielded his client from view at a bond hearing Friday. A Denver County judge set that bond at $25,000.

Jackson, a 31-year-old teacher at AXL Academy in Aurora, has been charged with a class-four felony of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and misdemeanor careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury, in connection with a hit-and-run that left 16-year-old Deyondrah Bridgeman with a severe brain injury.

Bridgeman was in critical but stable condition as of Friday morning, according to her mother.

Surveillance camera footage shows a black Chevrolet Malibu slamming into Bridgeman on Wednesday morning as the teen crossed Colfax Avenue near East High School. The vehicle never never showed signs of swerving over stopping after barreling over the student.

Jackson turned herself in to police early Thursday morning, a day after the accident.

Currently a fifth grade teacher at the AXL Academy charter school, Jackson’s biography on a faculty web page says she “recently moved to Colorado and is originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts.”

“Erin is passionate about learning, helping her students acquire an authentic understanding of the world and enjoys slam poetry,” the biography goes on to say. “Erin received her B.A. in History and Education and her Master in Health Education at Boston University. Erin is looking forward to exploring Colorado, but will miss the ocean!”

AXL Academy’s Head of School released a statement Thursday night.

“We are shocked to learn of Erin’s involvement in this terrible accident,” Audra Philippon wrote. “We can confirm that Erin has been employed as an intermediate teacher at AXL for approximately eight months.

“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.”

Police said they found the car Jackson was driving not far from the scene of the hit-and-run. Jackson lives in the area of 16th Avenue and Gaylord Street. One neighbor said he saw her walking her dog in the neighborhood after the accident Wednesday.