Teen who pushed best mate off 60ft bridge puncturing her lungs caged for just TWO days


Taylor Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to shoving 17-year-old Jordan Holgerson off a 60-foot bridge.

The teenager was also ordered to spend 38 days on a work crew after the horrific act at Moulton Falls Regional Park in the US state of Washington.

Smith must pay a fine of $300 (£228) and have no contact with her friend for two years.

Jordan was left with six broken ribs and punctured lungs when she fell into the water below.

Clark County District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman noted the severity of Jordan’s injuries before sentencing Smith.

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VIRAL: YouTube bridge pusher Taylor Smith has been sentenced to two days in jail (Pic: NBC)

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TERRIFIED: Victim Jordan Holgerson, 17, was emotional in court (Pic: 8KGW)

“When I was being pulled from the water, I thought, ‘I’m going to die’”

Jordan Holgerson

“I think you need to do some jail time,” he told her.

Before sentencing Smith, the judge heard from Jordan, her mum and the defendant.

An emotional Jordan had to have an advocate read her statement.

“This nightmare started for me when I was falling through the air and I was really terrified,” she said.

“When I was being pulled from the water, I thought, ‘I’m going to die,’ because I couldn’t breathe.

“And I was watching my body change colour by the second.”

Jordan’s mum Genelle Holgerson told the judge she believed Smith acted intentionally and should serve as many days in jail as her daughter spent in hospital after the incident.

In total, Jordan spent three days in hospital for her injuries in August last year.

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INJURIES: Jordan was left with six broken ribs and punctured lungs after the fall (Pic: NBC)

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DANGEROUS: Jordan fell more than 60ft from the bridge at Moulton Falls in Washington state (Pic: NBC)

Genelle went on: “After Taylor pushed her, she did not rush down to see if Jordan was OK, she left the scene.

“She did not show up at the hospital to check on Jordan. She did not stop by our home to see if she was OK or in any other way act like a friend.”

Smith originally pleaded not guilty in September but changed her plea last month when she was offered a deal by prosecutors, who had recommended she receive no jail time.

Instead, they suggested she serve 60 days of home confinement, as well as 30 days with a work crew and 30 days of community service.

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FRIENDS: The two pals some time before the bridge push (Pic: ABC NEWS)

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PAINFUL: Experts said falling from that height was equivalent to landing on concrete (Pic: KATU 2)

Smith apologised to her former friend during the trial and insisted she had grown as a person since.

“I’d like to sincerely apologise to Jordan Holgerson, her family and friends for the pain and humiliation I have caused by my mindless actions that occurred last summer,” she said.

“Although it may have seemed like my intent was to harm and like I may have moved on without putting any punishment on myself, this is false.

“Jordan has passed through my thoughts repetitively since the incident,” she said.


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