Earlier this month (Tuesday, August 7) a 16-year-old girl was pushed from a 60 foot bridge at Moulton Falls, over the Lewis River in Washington, USA.
The teenager, Jordan Holgerson, had told her friends – who were all standing behind her – she was too scared to jump, as she was standing on the edge of the bridge.
The incident was filmed by one of the group and in the video, a boy can be heard asking her ‘ready?’, but before she could respond, another female could be seen leaning over the railing and shoving Jordan forwards, causing her to fall 60 feet from the bridge.
Watch the footage below:
The rest of the group shouted out in shock before 16-year-old Jordan slammed into the water with a sickening thud.
An ambulance was called at some point after the fall, and while thankfully the teenager survived, she suffered a number of horrific injuries.
She sustained six broken ribs, as well as a punctured lung and had air bubbles in her chest.
However, the 18-year-old woman who was filmed pushing her friend off the bridge, Taylor Smith, has now been charged with reckless endangerment, reports ABC News.
Check out an interview with both girls below:
Prosecutors filed the charge on Friday, August 17, with a declaration of probable cause from the arresting officer stating in part:
It is clear that Taylor Smith engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death and resulted in serious physical injury to Jordan Holgerson.
Reckless endangerment is considered a gross misdemeanour which is punishable by up to a year in jail and carries a maximum fine of $5,000.
I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself.
According to the complaint filed in Clark County district court, Jordan told authorities it was Smith who had pushed her and it was unwanted.
Smith admitted to pushing Jordan off the bridge but stated to authorities she only did so in an attempt to help her friend overcome her fear, and she didn’t want to injure her.
During an exclusive interview with Good Morning America, Smith said she failed to consider the repercussions beforehand:
She wanted to jump and she was scared and she had asked me to give her a push, and I didn’t think about the consequences. I thought she would be fine.
Prior to Smith being charged, Jordan’s mother, Genelle, explained the dangers of her daughter’s fall, and wanted the girl responsible for pushing her to turn herself in.
Speaking to KATU, she said:
Recovery’s gonna be slow with her ribs, and her chest. I don’t see any hopes of leaving today.
If she fell a different way she could have broken her neck, become paralysed. She could have died.
My daughter’s gonna have a long road to recovery and I think that she should probably just turn herself in – realise what she did wrong. This is not okay.
She could have killed my daughter.
Smith told Good Morning America, the prospect of facing charges is ‘scary’ but she will ‘accept whatever the prosecutor gives me’.
I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone. I’m really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray that she heals and gets better.
I accept whatever the prosecutors think is best for me, considering I caused not only bodily harm but emotional trauma as well.
But I just hope for the best.
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