DENVER - A teacher is accused of striking a student in a hit-and-run crash on Wednesday. Erin Jackson, 30, appeared in court Friday morning.
Police say Jackson turned herself in Thursday morning. Police say the student's family is "elated" the suspect turned herself in but they are still traumatized as they wait for their daughter's condition to improve.
A student at East High School was hit while trying to cross Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street. Denver Police say the student is in critical condition but stabilizing.
Surveillance video shows a gray, four-door sedan barrel through the intersection and strike the student as she crossed the street inside a crosswalk. Police later identified the car as a Chevy Malibu. Witnesses say the car ran a red light.
Jackson was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury.
Jackson is a fifth-grade teacher at AXL Academy, a charter school in Aurora. She has been with the school for eight months. Jackson is a recent transplant to Colorado.
The school said in a statement released late Thursday they were "shocked" to hear about Jackson's alleged involvement in the incident.
"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," the statement read.
The school has not said whether Jackson was in class Wednesday morning after the crash.
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