At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, 30-year-old Erin Nicole Jackson walked into a Denver police station on North Washington Street and told a desk clerk she wanted to turn herself in for the hit-and-run that injured a 16-year-old East High student Wednesday morning.
Denver police Lt. Robert Rock said Jackson was from out of state but would not elaborate. The Chevy Malibu suspected in the collision was recovered parked along the curb at East Colfax Avenue and Gaylord Street, about five blocks from where the incident happened in front of East High School at about 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The girl, who has not been named, sustained a serious head injury. She had stabilized on Thursday, "but she's not out of the woods yet," Rock said.
On Wednesday, investigators said the car that struck the girl ran a redlight and hit the teen in the crosswalk.
A surveillance video of the incident was released by Denver police on Wednesday afternoon. Rock said the media attention to the case played a role in Jackson turning herself in.
Rock said Jackson has lived in the Denver area for about six months.
Jackson teaches fifth grade girls at AXL Academy, a charter school in Aurora, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston University.
In a statement released Thursday night, AXL Academy's Head of School, Audra Philippon, confirmed she has taught at the school for about eight months.
"We are shocked to learn of Erin's involvement in this terrible accident." the statement said. "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."
Records do not indicate Jackson had any previous criminal history.
A 2010 article on the website Dirtygerund.com said Jackson finished seventh in the 2007 National Poerty Slam in Austin, Texas.
The girl's family was pleased an arrest had been made, but they were not yet ready to make a public statement.
A second East High School student, a 14-year-old girl, was hit by a car Wednesday a short time later and just four blocks away.
The driver of that car stopped and was apparently not at fault, police said.
Both students were taken to a local hospital where the hit-and-run victim was listed in critical condition and the other student was in serious condition.
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