One of the more traumatizing moments in 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson’s life quickly went viral when a video of her being pushed off a 60-foot-bridge was posted on YouTube.
Holgerson was pushed by a “friend” on August 7.
This morning, the friend told Good Morning America her side of the story.Good Morning America
Eighteen-year-old Taylor Smith is the girl seen pushing Holgerson off the bridge in the video. Smith told GMA host Michael Strahan that Holgerson asked her to do it:
“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.”
In addition to Smith coming forward, a longer version of the video showing Holgerson being pushed off the bridge has also been made public.
“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
In the video, shared by NBC News, Smith is seen persistently encouraging Holgerson to jump off the bridge, but each time someone said something to the 16-year-old, she showed reluctancy. In the video, Holgerson is not heard asking Smith to push her.
According to two male friends, who were there the day of the incident, Holgerson had been standing on the bridge for about 15 minutes contemplating whether to jump.
According to NBC News, Holgerson’s twin brother texted Smith to ask if his sister “jumped or if she was pushed.”
Smith replied, saying:
I was there, but didn’t see what fully happened.
As a result of the incident, Holgerson sustained six broken ribs, two punctured lungs, and is in a lot of pain. Doctors told the teen she was lucky to be alive.
Holgerson and the rest of her family want justice. The 16-year-old says she would like her ex-friend to “sit in jail and think about at least what she did.”Good Morning America
Prosecutors are still determining whether they will bring charges against Smith.
In her interview with GMA, Smith said she was surprised to see how many injuries Holgerson sustained as a result of the incident. She is also surprised that Holgerson, who she had been friends with for years, is encouraging jail time:
“It’s surprising. It’s a little shocking, but it’s understandable. She probably going through a lot of confusion.”
Smith said she went to the hospital to visit her friend, but was asked to leave before she had the chance to see her.
The 18-year-old said she has apologized to Holgerson several times, but her reactions to her many apologies have changed quite a bit:
“At the beginning she was very, ‘you’re fine. I know you didn’t mean to hurt me.’ And then now, she just doesn’t answer.”
Smith said that she hopes to mend their friendship one day because she “loves that girl,” but ultimately that decision is up to Holgerson. She added that she “never intended to hurt her, ever.”
As far as how Smith feels about potentially serving time for pushing her friend, she admitted that “it’s scary,” not knowing what will happen, but she “accepts that whatever the prosecutor thinks is best” considering she did caused bodily harm and emotional trauma.
You can watch Smith’s full interview with Good Morning America below: