A Washington woman who was seen pushing a 16-year-old girl off a bridge in a viral video has confessed to her actions in court.
Taylor Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment on Monday in Clark County District Court. A prosecutor has recommended no jail time for the August 2018 incident that left Jordan Holgerson, then 16, with punctured lungs and six broken ribs, according to NBC News.
Smith, then 18, was criminally charged a week after the recorded ordeal at Moulton Falls Regional Park. According to KOMO, doctors said the 50-foot fall could’ve killed Holgerson. The teen said she’s been suffering from panic attacks and anxiety since the August 2018 incident.
Citing a complaint, ABC News reported that Holgerson identified Smith as the person who pushed her, alleging that Smith pushed her off the bridge after she said she didn’t want to jump.
KOMO reported that Smith initially pleaded not guilty in December and waived her right to a speedy trial, prompting prosecutors and defense attorneys to reach a plea deal. Smith could be ordered to serve community service—not jail time—when she’s sentenced on March 27, according to the news station.
“I think the sentence they’re proposing, we liked, because Jordan just wants Taylor to be a better person,” the girl’s mother, Genelle Holgerson, told KOMO.
“That’s what she had asked for, so some of those things will help too, and will help her better the community and herself, and will be a positive change for her hopefully.”
Watch: 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson was on the bridge's edge, but she started to change her mind. She was going to back out. Then, a friend pushes her off the bridge, sending her 60 feet into the water below. She's now in the hospital with 5 broken ribs. https://t.co/KJMTMlrq5N pic.twitter.com/dC2XLJjAzD
— KOIN News (@KOINNews) August 9, 2018
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