Teen charged with pushing girl off bridge appears in court

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The 18-year-old charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly pushing her 16-year-old friend off a bridge made her first court appearance Friday morning.

Tay’lor Smith was charged Aug. 7 for the incident.

Jordan Holgerson was pushed off a bridge at Moulton Falls, northeast of Vancouver, Washington and fell 60 feet. She suffered injuries ranging from broken ribs to punctured lungs.

Smith appeared visibly upset in court. While she declined an interview, her grandmother Debbie told KOIN 6 News that Smith missed Holgerson.

Holgerson, surrounded by friends and family, also showed up to Smith’s court appearance.

According to investigators, Smith admitted to pushing Holgerson, but said it was an “attempt to help her overcome her fear, not to injure her.”

The incident was caught on camera. The video posted on YouTube and later removed shows Holgerson standing on the bridge with friends. Then, a woman forcefully pushes her off.

Smith could face nearly a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted.

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