DENVER - Deyondrah Bridgeman, 16, was severely injured in a hit-and-run wreck on Feb. 27 near East High School in Denver. Deyondrah is still in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.
Deyondrah's family released the following statement Tuesday morning:
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for Deyondrah. Dee, as she is known, is a quiet, studious, young woman whose favorite thing to do is to write poetry. Driven by her caring nature, Dee is looking forward to going to college to be a counselor. Next to poetry, her passion in life is helping others; especially young children.
Dee's injuries are very serious and we hope that this tragedy will help people understand the importance of careful driving. We also encourage the students at East High to be extra vigilant while walking to school and crossing busy streets.
We are grateful to all who have helped with Dee's care from the witnesses who stopped to help, the paramedics who arrived on scene and, to the staff at Denver Health. We are also extraordinarily grateful to the community for keeping Dee in their thoughts.
While appreciated, Dee is unable to accept flowers or visitors because she is in the Intensive Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo in the name of Deyondrah Bridgeman for anyone who would like to contribute to Dee's medical bills.
Erin Jackson, the 30-year-old fifth-grade teacher who is accused of driving the car that injured Deyondrah, sobbed throughout much of her brief March 1 court appearance. She is currently out of jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
Denver Police investigators say Jackson walked into the police station on Feb. 28 at 4:30 a.m. in order to turn herself in. The arrest affidavit says Jackson spoke with an officer there stating: "she was in an accident where she hit a girl the day before and wanted to turn herself in. Erin Jackson asked to speak with the District Attorney and also refused to say anything else without an attorney."
Later in the day, a separate police officer responded to Jackson's apartment near Colfax Avenue and Gaylord Street where he found a 2006 Chevy Impala belonging to Jackson that "had damage to the passenger side front bumper and grill that was consistent with the hit-and-run," according to the affidavit.
In addition, the affidavit says a piece of grey plastic discovered at Colfax and Elizabeth "had a unique shape that matched up with an area of the front bumper of the suspect vehicle that was missing a piece."