A 19-year-old will be sentenced on March 27, after pleading guilty to a charge for pushing her friend off of a bridge in Washington.
As The Columbian reports a video from the incident on August 7 went viral. The 10-second clip shows Jordan Holgerson, who was 16 at the time, hesitating to jump off a bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park. In the video, she’s surrounded by a group of friends.
PUSHER 'GUILTY': Taylor Smith entered a guilty plea on a reckless endangerment charge tied to a viral video incident in August in which she pushed 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson from a 60-foot bridge into a Washington swimming hole. https://t.co/HY9GHsZ54r pic.twitter.com/WauO98Eop2
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According to The Columbian, the affidavit says:
Once at the top, Jordan hesitated and began to have second thoughts about jumping. It should be noted that the surface of the bridge is 50 feet above the river.
A woman said to be Taylor Smith can then be seen suddenly pushing Holgerson off of the bridge causing her to plummet into the water below. Holgerson’s body can be heard smacking the water as witnesses gasp.
Holgerson suffered five broken ribs and two punctured lungs as a result of the fall.
As Dearly previously reported, at one point Smith said Holgerson asked her to push her. She said that she never intended to hurt her friend.
During a “Good Morning America” interview, Smith said:
“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.”
However, Holgerson has denied that claim.
Taylor Smith leaves Clark County Court after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment for pushing 16 year-old Jordan Holgerson off a bridge into the Lewis river last year. She will learn her sentence on March 27th. @kgwnews pic.twitter.com/YHdML0VxBg
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On Monday morning, Smith pled guilty to reckless endangerment in Clark County District Court. As a result, Judge Darvin Zimmerman can sentence Smith to a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
However, The Columbian reports that the prosecutor is “recommending a sentence with no jail time.”
Further, if the judge accepts the lawyers’ agreement, he will place Smith on house arrest and require her to do community service.
Taylor Smith pushed Jordan holgerson from bridge pnp–canada pic.twitter.com/8a0Wh9sqxQ
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The judge postponed sentencing until next week due to the defense attorney Nathan Pliska’s request for more time to prepare. Zimmerman also said it would give Holgerson time to gather her thoughts, in case she wanted to speak at the hearing.
However, Genelle Holgerson, the victim’s mother said:
“She doesn’t want more time, your honor.”
Nevertheless, Zimmerman stood by his decision to postpone the hearing. He said he would also be using the time to learn more about Holgerson’s injuries and medical costs.
The Columbian reports that Holgerson’s mother said outside of the courtroom that her daughter is still in therapy for her shoulder injury and now suffers from anxiety.
Both are ready to put this portion of their life behind them.