Jordan Holgerson, 16, suffered five broken bones and a punctured lung. (Source: KATU/CNN)
(RNN) – An 18-year-old girl who pushed another 16-year-old girl off a bridge to a 60-foot fall into water has been charged with reckless endangerment, according to local reports.
The girl who was pushed, Jordan Holgerson, suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs in the fall, but is recovering.
She was standing at the bridge’s ledge, hesitating to dive into the water below, when Taylor Smith pushed her from behind.
Video was captured of the incident, and in it Holgerson can be seen flailing as she begins to fall, with other kids in the group reacting in shock.
A declaration of probable cause for the charge reported on by “Good Morning America” read: “It is clear that Taylor Smith engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death and resulted in serious physical injury to Jordan Holgerson.”
“She was counting down, but I didn’t think anything of it,” Holgerson told KATU in Portland, OR. “And I was like, ‘No, don’t count down, like, I won’t go if you count down. I’m not ready.’ And then she pushed me.”
Smith claimed in an interview with “Good Morning America” that Holgerson wanted to jump but was scared to do it and asked her for a push, though nothing like that can be heard in the video of the fall.
“I didn’t think about the consequences. I thought she would be fine,” Smith said. “I never intended to hurt her, ever … I’m really sorry it turned out that way.”
The complaint filed in district court said Holgerson told police the push was unwanted, “Good Morning America” reported.
The Columbian newspaper reported a trauma surgeon at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA, said it could take months for Holgerson to fully heal.
After the fall, Holgerson was helped out of the water and attended to by an off-duty EMT.
“I could’ve died, easily, but … I didn’t,” she told KATU. “I’m happy to be OK.”
WARNING: Video of the fall below, includes graphic language
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