A 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to TWO DAYS of jail time after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment for pushing her former friend off a bridge and down to a 50-foot fall into the water below.
Tay’lor Smith (pictured in court, above) pled guilty to the misdemeanor earlier this month; the incident itself took place back on August 7 in Vancouver, Washington when Smith surprised 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson by coming up behind her and pushing her off the bridge at a popular swimming area.
Holgerson fell more than 50 feet into the water below, and sustained serious injuries, including fractured ribs, severe bruising, and a punctured lung.
Both women spoke in court on Wednesday ahead of Smith’s plea agreement, as reported by WMC-5 Action News. Holgerson, who broke down into tears while speaking about her injuries and recovery, said (below):
“I didn’t ask for any of this but last summer my said-to-be good friend changed my life for the worse. This nightmare started for me when I was falling through the air.”
She also revealed that she is still physically recovering from her massive injuries — and worse yet, she has developed panic attacks and major anxiety ever since the day Smith pushed her.
Holgerson’s mother, Genelle, also spoke to the media after the verdict:
“We feel lucky today that she’s alive. My issue is that Tay’lor has had no sympathy.”
According to the family, Smith never visited Holgerson at the hospital or at home while the girl recovered. To add insult to injury, Smith is also accused of lying to the media when she initially said Holgerson told her to push her off the bridge. (For what it’s worth, as you can see
Who pushes their friend off a 50-foot bridge?! Did Smith somehow not realize that even though it’s water below, you can still get SERIOUSLY hurt from a fall like that?? UGH!!!
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