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18-year-old charged in Moulton Falls Bridge pushing incident

Taylor Smith told investigators she was trying to help Jordan Holgerson get over her fears

CLARK COUNTY — The 18-year-old accused of pushing a 16-year-old from the Moulton Falls Bridge has been charged with Reckless Endangerment. In a probable cause document obtained by ClarkCountyToday.com, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Laurel Smith says they determined Taylor Smith “engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death and resulted in serious injury to Jordan Holgerson.’’

This screen capture from a cell phone video shows 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson being pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge.
This screen capture from a cell phone video shows 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson being pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge.
Taylor Smith, 18, faces charges of reckless endangerment for allegedly pushing 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson from Moulton Falls Bridge. Photo via Facebook
Taylor Smith, 18, faces charges of reckless endangerment for allegedly pushing 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson from Moulton Falls Bridge. Photo via Facebook

Holgerson was pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge on Aug. 8 (note: an earlier version of this story says the incident happened on Aug. 7, but the probably cause document lists Aug. 8). In cell phone video of the incident, the teen can be seen hesitating before another woman pushes her from the bridge. The resulting fall of more than 50 feet results in six broken ribs, punctured lungs, air bubbles in her chest, and severe bruising across much of Holgerson’s body. She spent several days in the hospital recovering.

In the probably cause statement, Holgerson told investigators she had seen a friend jump from the bridge, so she decided to try. Once on the edge of the bridge, Holgerson says she hesitated and began to have second thoughts. That’s when Smith allegedly reached out, aggressively shoving Holgerson off the edge.

Jordan Holgerson, 16, speaks from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. Photo by Chris Brown
Jordan Holgerson, 16, speaks from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. Photo by Chris Brown

In her statement, Smith admitted to pushing Holgerson, but said she intended only to help her friend get over her fear, not to cause injury.

Reckless Endangerment is considered a gross misdemeanor in the state of Washington, and is punishable by up to a year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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