Most people have heard of the almost fatal incident that took place earlier this month when a teenage girl pushed her friend off a 60-foot bridge. The outcome was damaging, but the girl who pushed her friend is finally speaking out.
On Friday, August 7, 18-year-old Taylor Smith pushed her 16-year-old friend Jordan Holgerson off a bridge over the Lewis River at Mouton Falls Regional Park, which is near Vancouver, Washington.
In the video that has been viewed millions of times, Smith suddenly pushed Holgerson off the bridge. Holgerson is seen awkwardly falling towards the water, which is approximately equivalent to a 3-story building. She belly-flopped into the river below which caused near life-threatening injuries.
Holgerson suffered from five broken ribs, a bruised esophagus, and an injured trachea, according to "Good Morning America."
Another friend caught the entire incident on camera, which has since gone viral on the Internet. Even though the original video has now been removed, surveillance video captured the incident as well.
Interview With Taylor Smith
"I thought she would be fine," Smith said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America."
The tragic accident left Holgerson with multiple injuries, but Smith said that she didn't think of the repercussions beforehand.
"She wanted to jump, and she was scared, and she had asked me to give her a push, and I didn't think about the consequences," Smith admitted.
Smith said that she immediately reached out to Holgerson after the accident, and had apologized multiple times. Smith even went to the hospital where Holgerson was staying, but she was "asked to leave."
Smith said that the two were "pretty close," but Holgerson has stopped communicating with her, she said.
"I love that girl," Smith said. "I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone. I'm really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray that she heals and gets better."
Holgerson described the incident to local news channel "KATU" from her hospital bed. She initially wanted to jump off the bridge after seeing a friend do it.
"I went to the top of the bridge and my other, my friend, she came up to the bridge with me," Holgerson told "KATU" Aug. 9.
"And so, she was counting down, but I didn’t think anything of it. And I was like, 'No, don’t count down, like, I won’t go if you count down. I’m not ready.' And then she pushed me," Holgerson described.
Some reports are saying that Holgerson plans on charging Smith. Smith is cooperating with authorities, but she may be charged as an adult.