Teen’s tears after jailed for bridge push
A TEEN who shoved her 16-year-old friend off a 18m bridge leaving her with punctured lungs and six broken ribs will spend two days in jail, a judge ruled yesterday.
Tearful Taylor Smith, 19, was led from court in Vancouver, Washington, in cuffs after being sentenced over the August 2018 push that left her friend Jordan Holgerson with severe injuries, reports The Sun.
Harrowing footage that went viral showed Taylor barging into her friend as she stood on the edge of a bridge that spanned a popular swimming spot.
Taylor, who expressed remorse for the "pain and humiliation" that her former friend had suffered, had hoped to avoid jail after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment earlier this month.
But overruling a plea deal struck with prosecutors, Judge Darvin J Zimmerman sided with the victim's mum who had begged him to send her to prison.
He ruled that Taylor spend two days in custody and 38 days on an unpaid work crew.
The charge of reckless endangerment is punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $A7000.
In court, an emotional Jordan, now 17, described her fall as the moment "that changed my life for the worse".
Footage of the moments before the push show Jordan repeatedly saying "stop" and "wait".
Taylor can be heard saying: "Just go you promised you would do it. I'm going to push you.
"I don't care. I'd jump in there to save you if anything happens. Jordan, I got you."
It is then that Taylor shoves her pal off the bridge - with Jordan seen plummeting towards the water face-first.
Taylor later told Good Morning America that she never thought her friend would be injured - and that she believed everything "would be fine".
She said: "She wanted to jump and she was scared and she asked me to give her a push, I didn't think about the consequences.
"I've apologised several times, but I haven't been able to see her in person.
"I went to the hospital. I got asked to leave, I wasn't allowed to see her.
"I never intended to hurt her, ever. I'm really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray she heals."
The pair have not reconciled - with Jordan saying that the apologies don't change the fact that she nearly died.
The Sun Online revealed that Taylor was later seen partying with friends "as if nothing happened" at the Clark County Fair.
According to sources, Taylor has left school, is unemployed and lives with her grandmother.
Jordan said last year: "I kind of got mad because the rest of my summer's gone and I'm probably going to be recovering for the rest of the school year.
"I'm in a lot of pain."
She added: "In the mornings it's the worst, like it hurts to breathe. My side hurts. My shoulder hurts. I can't even get up."
Jordan told how she blacked out in terror as she fell towards the water.
She told a local website: "In mid-air I think I might've blacked out... I was awake and aware when I hit the water."
A swimmer raced out to rescue her before she was taken to the nearby PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.