Teen who broke six ribs after being pushed off 60-foot bridge wants friend to pay for what she did
Jordan Holgerson said that she was not ready to jump off Washington state's Moulton Falls Bridge on August 7 but her 18-year-old friend, Taylor Smith, pushed her regardless
The teenager who was pushed off the 60-foot Washington bridge by her friend, causing her to break six ribs and suffer a punctured lung, appeared in court on Tuesday and said that she wants justice. The victim, 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson, said that she was not ready to jump off Washington state's Moulton Falls Bridge on August 7 but her 18-year-old friend, identified as Taylor Smith, pushed her off regardless.
Smith also appeared in Clark County court on Tuesday where she faces one count of reckless endangerment. The teenager appeared nervous as she walked into the Washington courtroom where Holgerson was present too.
Reports state that Smith waived her right to a speedy trial as her lawyers continued to negotiate with prosecutors in the case. She also accepted a trial, which is set to begin on February 11.
Holgerson, however, is in no mood for mercy as she said that she wants Smith to be punished for what she did to her, as the injuries caused by the incident left her hospitalized for months.
"I'm just looking for justice. I hope this is over soon. She's making this a difficult trial," Holgerson said while talking to ABC after the hearing. "I hope that she learns something. She said that she was going to take full responsibility. All that she's been doing is lying. I just don't think she really even cares."
The victim also alleged that Smith had violated a no-contact order as she had attempted to contact her and her mother Genelle Holgerson. Reports state that no paperwork for a no-contract order has yet been filed, according to the Daily Mail.
“She could be in trouble … prosecutors say later today they will announce whether she’ll face any charges.”- @joefryer says of the girl who pushed her friend off of a 60-foot bridge pic.twitter.com/LXFEFDoMz0— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 17, 2018
"Taylor is constantly going everywhere Jordan is, making it hard for Jordan to be where she wants to be with her friends," the victim's mother said to KPTIV. While Smith has said that all she wants is Holgerson to "heal and get better."
Smith has not pleaded guilty to the reckless endangerment charge, which is a gross misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of $5,000 fine or up to a year in prison.
Smith allegedly had admitted to pushing her friend to the authorities, however, she had added that she did it to help Holgerson overcome her fear and had not intended to hurt her. Smith, while talking to ABC in August, had said that she "feels really bad about what happened" and "has apologized several times."