Girl pleads guilty to pushing friend off 60-ft bridge leaving her with broken ribs and punctured lungs
Tay'lor Smith, 19, pleaded guilty on Monday to pushing Jordan Holgerson, 16, from a bridge on August 7, 2018, at Moulton Falls near Vancouver, Washington.
A teenager who pushed her friend from a bridge at a popular swimming destination near Vancouver last year has pleaded guilty to her crimes, but proscutors say they might not pursue jail time as the trial proceeds.
Tay'lor Smith, 19, accepted a plea deal last month on charges of misdemeanor reckless endangerment for pushing her friend Jordan Holgerson, 16, on August 7, 2018 down the bridge at Moulton Falls. The defendant appeared in Clark County District Court on Monday, Daily Mail reports.
Footage from the incident at the falls in Washington state went viral, and Smith faced up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
However, prosecutors have now decided not to pursue jail time when the defendant is sentenced March 27, meaning Smith could get off relatively lightly with community service and a mandatory electronic bracelet that would leave her confined to her house.
In a bid to hear more details about the victim's injuries and the medical expenses incurred, Judge Darvin Zimmerman delayed the sentencing so that Holgerson had sufficient time to gather her thoughts in case she wanted to speak before hearing her friend's fate.
In response, her mother Genelle Holgerson said in court, "She doesn’t want more time, your honor," according to The Columbian.
Holgerson reportedly broke six ribs and punctured both lungs after falling 60 feet from the bridge. According to her mother, she was suffering from anxiety and was still undergoing physical therapy on her shoulder after the horrific incident.
However, both Holgerson and Genelle said they want to move on past this harrowing chapter of their lives.
"I just want it to be done, I don't want to wait until next Wednesday," Holderson told KOIN. "I just have these anxiety attacks now, but there's nothing I can really do about it. But I'm playing softball."
Speaking of her recovery, she said, "Kind of on track now, better than it was."
In a February interview with 'Good Morning America', Smith said she didn't think of the repercussions of pushing her friend down the bridge. While Holgerson had planned to jump and was standing on the ledge, she backed out at the last moment.
Smith's friends, who were recording the jump at the time, saw her smack the water chest first. According to medical experts, the impact she suffered would have been the same if she had hit concrete.
Speaking to Today last August, Holgerson said she wasn't sure about how she wanted her friend to be punished.
"Certain days I kind of want her to be put in jail but some days I think that might be a little too harsh," she said.
On the other hand, Smith said she was sorry for hurting her friend and that she never intended to cause her harm. "I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone, ever. I'm sorry it worked out that way," she said last year.
"I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself."