Girl Who Pushed Her Friend From 60ft Bridge Sentenced To Two Days In Jail

A teenager who shoved her mate off the edge of a 60ft high bridge in America has been sentenced to two days in jail, a judge confirmed today.

Nineteen-year-old Tay'Lor Smith was in tears as she was taken from the courtroom in Vancouver, Washington State to begin her short sentence.

Smith had earlier changed her plea from not guilty to guilty and was subsequently convicted of reckless endangerment following the incident in August 2018 during which she shoved her pal, Jordan Holgerson - then 16 - from the bridge and caused her serious injury.

Video footage emerged after the fact that showed the terrifying moment that Smith gave her friend the offending push from the bridge that stands above a popular swimming spot.

Smith could have been sentenced to up to one year in prison but will only spend 48 hours inside before performing 38 days of unpaid labour with a work crew.

Tay'Lor Smith in tears in the courtroom. Credit: PA
Tay'Lor Smith in tears in the courtroom. Credit: PA

In the end, Smith expressed remorse for her actions, saying that she felt for her friend and the 'pain and humiliation' that she had suffered.

However, Judge Darvin J Zimmerman overruled the plea deal that prosecutors had arranged and sided with the victim's mum who had asked for Smith to go to prison.

In the court, the emotional victim described the fall as a moment 'that changed my life for the worse'.

Jordan Holgerson speaks to the judge. Credit: PA
Jordan Holgerson speaks to the judge. Credit: PA

In the video clip of the incident, Tay'Lor can be heard saying to her friend: "Just go, you promised you would do it. I'm going to push you.

"I don't care. I'd jump in there to save you if anything happens. Jordan, I got you."

All the while, Holgerson can be heard saying 'stop' and asking Smith to 'wait'.

Smith later told Good Morning America that she had thought everything 'would be fine'.

Tay'Lor Smith will serve two days in jail. Credit: PA
Tay'Lor Smith will serve two days in jail. Credit: PA

She added: "[Holgerson] wanted to jump and she was scared and she asked me to give her a push, I didn't think about the consequences.

"I've apologised several times, but I haven't been able to see her in person.

"I went to the hospital. I got asked to leave, I wasn't allowed to see her.

"I never intended to hurt her, ever. I'm really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray she heals."

Jordan Holgerson and her family. Credit: PA
Jordan Holgerson and her family. Credit: PA

Holgerson cracked five ribs and punctured a lung following the fall. She has also struggled with mental health issues since, allegedly.

Clark County Fire Chief Ben Peeler confirmed that it is actually illegal to jump from the bridge.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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