Teenager pleads guilty to pushing her friend off bridge

Teenager pleads guilty to pushing her friend off a bridge

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A 19-year-old woman in Washington has pleaded guilty to pushing her friend off a bridge into a river, causing severe injuries.

Footage of the teenagers on the bridge went viral last summer – which showed Taylor Smith shoving Jordan Holgerson, aged 16, from the bridge at Moulton Falls in the US state of Washington.

Smith pleaded guilty at Clark County District Court to misdemeanour reckless endangerment on Monday.

 

 

The charge carries a one-year jail term and a fine of $5,000 (£3,700).

Court records say Smith "engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death and resulted in serious physical injury".

The bridge crosses the Lewis River 15 metres above the water.

Prosecutors in the case are recommending that Smith receives no jail time when she is sentenced later this month.

Jordan hit the water on her front, and suffered six broken ribs and punctured lungs.

Jordan's mother told reporters outside the courtroom that they just want this chapter of their lives to be over.

Smith will be sentenced on 27 March.