Teen Now Faces Charges After Pushing Friend off 60-Foot Washington Bridge
Taylor Smith, 18, was charged with reckless endangerment this week, a misdemeanor.
The Washington teen who admitted to pushing her friend off a 60-foot bridge now faces a criminal charge.
Taylor Smith, 18, has been charged with reckless endangerment after video of her shoving 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson from the bridge over the Lewis River at Moulton Falls Regional Park near Vancouver on Aug. 7 went viral.
The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's office says Smith's actions created "a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury," according to Portland's KGW.
In response to the news, Holgerson said the misdemeanor charge is not enough.
"I would've like to have seen a felony probably because I think that it would show her that what she did was wrong," Holgerson told the NBC affiliate.
If convicted of the charge against her, Smith could face up to 364 days in jail and pay a fine of up to $5,000.
Speaking to “Good Morning America,” Smith admitted she pushed Holgerson off the bridge but said she never meant to hurt her.
"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," Smith said.
Horrifying video shows Holgerson falling to the water, screaming all the way down. She suffered five broken ribs, a bruised esophagus and an injured trachea.
New video obtained by the “Today” show captures the moments leading up to the push.
“I’m so scared right now,” Holgerson can be heard saying.
“Jordan, I am going to push you,” Smith says.
Smith said she tried to visit her friend in the hospital was “asked to leave.”
"I accept whatever the prosecutors think is best for me, considering I caused not only bodily harm but emotional trauma as well," she told "GMA." "But I just hope for the best."
Smith added that she hopes they can reconcile and insisted she never intended to hurt her friend.
"I love that girl," Smith said. "I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone. I'm really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray that she heals and gets better."
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