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Teen Pushed Off of Bridge in Viral Video Speaks Out

2018-08-10 16:40
A teenager badly hurt after being pushed off of a 60-foot bridge has spoken out from the hospital. Jordan Holgerson, 16, was standing on top of the Moulton Falls bridge, which sits more than three stories above the Lewis River, in Washington state on Aug. 7 when one of her friends pushed her from behind. Video footage of Jordan being pushed off the bridge circulated widely, with many condemning the person who pushed the teen. Someone rushed down to the river and swam to Jordan, carrying her out of the water. She was then rushed to the hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest. Holgerson recovered enough to hold a press conference on Aug. 9, telling reporters that no one should jump off the bridge or even venture to the top. “I just don’t suggest going up to a 60-foot bridge. Don’t climb up there,” Jordan said, reported The Columbian. Holgerson said that she had decided against jumping when she was pushed. “I went to the top of the bridge and my other—my friend … she came up to the bridge with me,” Jordan told KATU as she described the moments leading up to the push. “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.” She said that during the plummet she was trying to orient her body so that she would hit the water feet-first, but failed and belly-flopped. Jordan suffered five broken ribs and also has air bubbles in her chest, as both of her lungs were punctured. “I could have died,” Jordan said. Jordan’s mother, meanwhile, told KATU that the person who pushed her daughter off the bridge should turn herself into the police. “My daughter’s gonna have a long road to recovery and I think that she should probably just turn herself in—realize what she did wrong. This is not okay. She could have killed my daughter,” Genelle Holgerson said.