Driver In East High Hit-And-Run Turns Herself In

DENVER (CBS4) – The woman suspected in Wednesday’s hit-and-run on Colfax Avenue outside East High School has turned herself in.

Police in Denver said Erin Jackson, 31, was arrested after she showed up at the District 6 Police Station at 4:30 a.m.

“Basically talked to the clerk and wanted to turn herself in for the hit-and-run accident that happened yesterday,” said Denver Police Lead Detective Michael Bochert. “That party was arrested for investigation of leaving the scene of an accident, leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. ”

The crime happened after 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Video released by police showed a 16-year-old female student crossing in a crosswalk with the right of way when the car came through the intersection after running a red light. The car never slowed down after hitting the teen.

Police said Thursday the car involved has been recovered and placed in police impound for evidence.

“Through investigations we were able to locate the vehicle. We believe we do have the suspect vehicle right now,” said Bochert.

“The vehicle was recovered in Denver not too far from the scene of the accident. It was a Chevy Malibu that we were looking for. We did locate that parked down the street and it has been impounded. We do believe that this is the vehicle that we have been seeking,” said Denver Police Lt. Rock.

Sources told CBS4 the woman turned herself in at a Denver police substation and asked for a public defender.

“We would like to say that this arrest would not have been possible had it not been for the cooperative efforts of the Denver Public School system security and the cooperation of all of the news outlets that are present here, that ran the story last night. We believe that that was key in this individual coming forward,” said Rock.

The victim, Dee Bridgeman, a student at East High, is at Denver Health Medical Center and has head injuries. Police said her condition has stabilized.

“We are asking that any additional witnesses we did not talk to at the scene come and talk to us now. Just because we have somebody in custody doesn’t mean that your information is not valuable,” said Lt. Rock.

That hit-and-run was one of two auto-pedestrian accidents involving East High students Wednesday morning. The other was a girl who was jaywalking and was hit near Colfax and Fillmore. That driver stopped, and officials with Denver Public Schools told CBS4 she was released from the hospital Wednesday night.

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