18-year-old accused of pushing friend off bridge makes first court appearance

Tay'Lor Smith pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment at an arraignment on Sept. 7, 2018. KATU photo

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The 18-year-old accused of pushing her friend off a 50-foot-tall bridge near Moulton Falls appeared in Clark County District Court Friday for an arraignment.

Tay'Lor Smith entered a not guilty plea to reckless endangerment.

Smith is accused of pushing 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson into the Lewis River in early August.

Holgerson suffered five broken ribs and a lung injury.

In a declaration of probable cause, investigators say Smith and several friends drove to Moulton Falls Country Park on Aug. 8. While at the park, Holgerson watched one of her friends jump from the bridge that spans across the East Fork of the Lewis River and decided she wanted to try jumping.

Holgerson, Smith and two friends climbed to the top of the bridge.

When she was on the bridge, Holgerson hesitated and had second thoughts about jumping, the court document said.

A cellphone video recording shows Smith reaching over the bridge railing and shoving Holgerson off the end and into the river while she was hesitating.

Bystanders helped Holgerson out of the water and she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Smith was charged with reckless endangerment and has since publicly apologized to her friend.

At the hearing Wednesday, a judge granted Smith supervised release.

Her next court date is Dec. 4. Smith could face up to 364 days in jail or up to a $5,000 fine.

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