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Teen pleads not guilty to pushing friend off bridge


VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The 18-year-old charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly pushing her 16-year-old friend off a bridge made her first court appearance Friday morning.

Tay’lor Smith was charged Aug. 7 for the incident. She entered a not guilty plea.

Jordan Holgerson was pushed off a bridge at Moulton Falls, northeast of Vancouver, Washington and fell 60 feet. 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 appeared visibly upset in court. While she declined an interview, her grandmother Debbie Mceldowney told KOIN 6 News that Smith has received widespread backlash on social media after the video circulated.

“I feel like the law needs to go by what the law does, and not social media,” Mceldowney said. “And I think this is a very unfortunate incident. We’re sparring hate.”

However, the victim’s family doesn’t see it that way. They felt what Smith did was extremely dangerous.

Holgerson, surrounded by friends and family, also showed up to the court appearance. 

Smith could face nearly a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted. The judge granted her a supervisory release and asked her not to have any contact with Holgerson until her next hearing in December.

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