Teen Accused of Pushing Friend Off Bridge Speaks Out

With charges possible, Taylor Smith 'feels really bad'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2018 11:05 AM CDT
Jordan Holgerson is seen in a hospital bed.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – She apologized privately. Now, after allegedly pushing her friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state, 18-year-old Taylor Smith is doing so publicly. The teen tells NBC News she "feels really bad about what happened" at Moulton Falls Regional Park on Aug. 7, when authorities say Smith pushed 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson, causing her to belly-flop into the water below. Holgerson's mother tells the Longview Daily News her daughter is out of the hospital but still in "a lot of pain" from injuries, including six broken ribs and two punctured lungs. NBC reports Holgerson also suffered other internal injuries and a mass behind her windpipe.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $3,000 to cover "outstanding" medical expenses. Meanwhile, the Clark County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday it had wrapped up an investigation in which Smith cooperated. The county prosecutor's office will now decide if charges should be filed. In a text to NBC, Smith said she was keeping away from home because of threats but had repeatedly apologized to Holgerson. Holgerson, however, says she received a single apology via text. "[Smith] messaged Jordan to say 'sorry' but nobody thinks it was a sincere apology," a source close to the teen tells the Sun, adding "Taylor hasn't been to visit Jordan to see if she is OK." (Read more Washington state stories.)

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