Watch: 16-year-old pushed off 60-foot bridge by a friend ends up with five broken ribs, punctured lung
The 16-year-old girl slammed her friend who pushed her off the 60-foot bridge leaving her with serious injuries and a long road to recovery
A 16-year-old girl has slammed her ignorant and cruel friend for pushing her off a 60ft bridge which left her with some serious injuries. Jordan Holgerson suffered horrific injuries as a result of the fall and shared that she "blacked out" as she bellyflopped into the Lewis River in Vancouver.
The girl, unfortunately, broke five ribs, punctured her lung, and was left with air bubbles in her chest after the fall. Jordan and her friends had climbed up to the bridge with the intention of jumping off but, as she was standing on the edge, she began to have doubts. She was visibly scared as she looked down and was aggressively shoved off the bridge by her friend who was standing behind her.
Watch: 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson was on the bridge's edge, but she started to change her mind. She was going to back out. Then, a friend pushes her off the bridge, sending her 60 feet into the water below. She's now in the hospital with 5 broken ribs. https://t.co/KJMTMlrq5N pic.twitter.com/dC2XLJjAzD— KOIN News (@KOINNews) August 9, 2018
Instead of falling feet first, she plunged forward with her arms and legs flailing and bellyflopped into the river with a huge clap. She, later on, told a local website, "In midair, I think I might've blacked out... I was awake when I hit the water". She had to be rescued by someone and then was taken to the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. One of Jordan's sisters Kaitlyn confronted the girl who pushed her and demanded an apology.
According to local site KOIN, she said, "Friends don't push someone from that high... I was p****d. She pretty much said that she was sorry for doing it and she wouldn't have done it if she knew the outcome of it and she knows it was an absurd thing to do. I think the girl that pushed her should have some sort of consequence because you won't learn your lesson if you think you can could do that again and think it will be fine".
The whole incident was caught on video by Ashley Mahree who said, "This looks to be almost criminal". In the YouTube description, she wrote, "This could have easily taken a life, and I think this girl needs to be held accountable in some way". Jordan shared that though her friend may have apologized, she is still very mad about the irresponsible shove and said, "It could’ve ended a lot worse".
Jordan's mother shared that the Clark County Sheriff's office is investigating but it is not known whether the friend will be facing any criminal charges. Jordan's mother told KATU, "My daughter's gonna have a long road to recovery. I think that she [the friend who pushed her] should probably just turn herself in, realize what she did wrong. This is not okay... she could have killed my daughter".