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‘She doesn’t care’: Trial set for accused bridge pusher


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 18-year-old girl accused of pushing her friend off a bridge in Washington, an incident that gained national attention, appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Tay’lor Smith was charged with one count of reckless endangerment in August. She pleaded not guilty in September.

On Tuesday, Smith waived her right to a speedy trial. Her trial is set for February — giving her attorney and prosecutors more time to negotiate a deal.

Teen pushed from bridge, falls 60 feet into water

Jordan Holgerson was pushed off a bridge at Moulton Falls, northeast of Vancouver, Washington and fell 60 feet on Aug. 7. She suffered injuries ranging from broken ribs to punctured lungs.

The incident was caught on camera. The video posted on YouTube and later removed shows Holgerson standing on the bridge with friends. Then, a woman forcefully pushes her off.

Smith declined an interview on Tuesday, however Holgerson told KOIN 6 News she thinks Smith is making the trial “difficult.”

“I just want to say I hope this is over soon,” she said. “I don’t think she’s taking anything seriously and she’s making this a difficult trial.”

Holgerson added that she wants Smith to learn something from this incident, but hasn’t seen any change.

“In New York, she said she was going to take full responsibility for her actions, but all she’s been doing is lying and disobeying her probation. So, I just think she really doesn’t even care and I don’t think the court cares,” Holgerson said.

During Smith’s court appearance in September, the judge asked her to not have any contact with Holgerson — something Holgerson’s mom says she’s violating. 

“Tay’lor’s constantly going everywhere Jordan is, making it hard for her to be where she wants to be with her friends,” Genelle Holgerson said. “Tay’lor shows up everywhere Jordan wants to be and it makes it very difficult for Jordan.”

She added that they’re working on a filing a report.

Watch: Teen pushed from bridge, falls 60 feet into water

Smith could face nearly a year in jail or two years of probation and up to $5,000 in fines.

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