We’ve all been there, standing on the lip, the edge, that point of commitment, where you’re mustering the courage to make that last final action. Sometimes it’s on a bike, sometimes it’s on skis, and sometimes it’s when you’re standing on a bridge in bare feet and a bikini. But making that decision and taking action yourself is yours and yours alone, not that of friends standing behind you counting down. And the law agrees: Taylor Smith, 18, admitting pushing Jordan Holgerson off a bridge near Moulton Falls, Washington, in early August, and now faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Holgerson, 16, was standing outside the railing nearly 60 feet over the Lewis River when she was pushed. She punctured a lung and broke five ribs. “I could have died,” Holgerson said.

The distance to the water was measured at 54 feet and the depth was 17 feet.


Holgerson’s doctor, MaryClare Sarff, said “When you fall three times your height, 50 percent of people will die.”

Smith said she pushed Holgerson to help her overcome her fear, not to injure her. “I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself,” Smith told ABC News.

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