American woman pleads guilty to reckless endangerment after pushing friend off a bridge

A woman has pleaded guilty after pushing her friend off an 18-metre bridge, almost to her death.

Taylor Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour reckless endangerment on Monday, in Clark County District Court.

7 News reports prosecutors are recommending no jail time for Smith. She will be sentenced next month.

Smith pushed 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson off a bridge near Moulton Falls in Vancouver in August of 2018. 

The footage of the incident went viral, and Holgerson was seriously injured. She broke six ribs, punctured both lungs and bruised her oesophagus.

She told media she was desperate to try and land safely.

"I tried to push myself straight so my feet would hit first. That didn't work," said Holgerson.

"In the air, I think I might have fainted, but when I was in the water I was awake and aware. I couldn't breathe."

Trauma surgeon Mary Clare Sarf told media at the time Holgerson could have died.

"When someone falls from a distance three times his or her height there is a 50 percent chance the person dies. Holgerson's fall was much greater than three times her height.

"When you're falling from that height, the water is like concrete."

Smith previously told reporters that she didn't consider the repercussions of her actions in the moment. 

Outside the courtroom, Holgerson's mother, Genelle, said she and her daughter want to move on. 



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