Teen who survived fall from 60ft bridge wants friend who pushed her 'to sit in jail'
When you're young, you feel like you're invincible. But once you've experienced an accident, or had a friend who experienced one, you realize just how fragile life is.
On August 7, a group of teenagers were hanging out on Moulton Falls Bridge in Washington state. It's a spine-tingling 60 foot drop to the waters below, and multiple signs read "NO JUMPING OR DIVING." Jordan Holgerson, 16, stood in a precarious position on the ledge, looking down a dizzying drop. Her friends tried to goad her into her jumping, but she was having second thoughts. "No, I won't go in," said Jordan. Then one of her "friends" made the decision for her, shoving her off the landmark.
Miraculously, Jordan survived, but suffered several painful injuries. According to doctors, when you fall that far and don't land on your feet, the water can feel like concrete.
"Recovery’s gonna be slow with her ribs, and her chest," said Jordan's mother, Genelle, speaking to media outlets. "If she fell a different way she could have broken her neck, become paralyzed. She could have died. My daughter’s gonna have a long road to recovery and I think that [her friend] should probably just turn herself in – realize what she did wrong."
The video of the shocking incident went viral, and the 'pusher' was revealed as 18-year-old Taylor Smith. But she didn't seem too concerned about Jordan's injuries. On her Instagram account, Taylor posted photos partying at a county fair, as if nothing had happened. Reportedly she "felt really bad" about her actions and apologized to Jordan. However a family friend told The Sun, "Taylor hasn't been to visit Jordan to see if she is okay. She clearly doesn't care."
Initially, family members claimed Jordan didn't want to press charges against her friend. However, now the 16-year-old appears to have changed her mind. In a new interview with Today, she opened up about her "painful condition." She said she struggles to get up, it hurts to breathe and she wants to see her friend "sit in jail."
"Now that I've thought about it more, I'm kind of wanting her to sit in jail and think about at least what she did. I had five broken ribs, and we just found out I have another broken rib, and I had two punctured lungs. I'm in a lot of pain.
"In the mornings it's the worst. It hurts to breathe, my side hurts, my shoulder hurts, I can't even get up. I kind of got mad because the rest of my summer's gone and I'm probably going to be recovering for the rest of the school year."
Currently Jordan is recovering at home. She suffers from six broken ribs, two punctured lungs and multiple internal injuries. The Clark County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation and authorities say Taylor cooperated. The case has been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for potential criminal charges. But what will the consequences be? And why did Taylor push Jordan?
Speaking with reporters, Jordan's sister, Vanessa said, "I think [Taylor] tried to do it jokingly and didn't think what could have happened." Jordan's, other sister, echoed those sentiments, saying, "Friends don't push someone from that high. ... I think the girl that pushed her should have some sort of consequence because you won't learn your lesson if you think you can could do that again and think it will be fine."