DENVER (CBS4) – The family of an East High School student who was the victim of a hit-and-run has released a statement thanking the community for support.
Deyondrah Bridgeman was hit while crossing East Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street near East High last week.
Bridgeman’s family not only thanked the community for support, but also released her condition, saying her injuries are very serious. Denver Health Medical Center said Bridgeman is in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.
The family described Bridgeman as a quiet, studious young woman whose favorite thing to do is to write poetry.
“Dee’s injuries are very serious and we hope that this tragedy will help people understand the importance of careful driving,” the family said in the statement.
They go on to say they encourage students to be extra vigilant.
Erin Jackson, 31, has been charged in the case. Jackson is a teacher at Axl Academy Public Charter School in Aurora.
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.