The 18-year-old woman who was filmed shoving her teenage friend off a 60-foot bridge pleaded innocent of reckless danger.
Taylor Smith, 18, appeared Friday in the Clark County District Court in Washington for her formal indictment, during which she presented her plea of innocence, The Columbian reported.
Smith had been accused of recklessly putting himself at risk after being captured by the camera by pushing his 16-year-old friend Jordan Holgerson from the three-story bridge at Moulton Falls in Yacolt, Washington, on August 7.
Taylor Smith, 18, appeared in state court in Washington on Friday for her arraignment
During his appearance, Smith pleaded not guilty to his charge of reckless recklessness
Smith was accused of recklessly endangering himself after being captured by the camera by pushing his 16-year-old friend, reluctant to jump, out of a three-story bridge into the water below.
At the arraignment, Smith received a supervised permit and was told not to contact his friend
Holgerson suffered five broken ribs and a punctured lung when he wallowed in the water. According to reports, his other injuries include a bruised esophagus, an injured trachea and air bubbles in his chest.
In the video, which quickly went viral, Holgerson could be seen standing at the top of the bridge with a group of friends gathered behind her and saying that she did not want to jump, even though her friends pressured her to do so. I did
She was heard saying "no" shortly before Smith suddenly pushed her off the bridge.
In Friday's court, Smith was granted supervised release and was told he could not contact Holgerson or leave the area, except to attend school in Lane County, Oregon, The Columbian reported.
Holgerson was among the large number of attendees who attended during Smith's reading of charges.
Frames of the viral video showing Smith (left) as he pushes 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson from the 60-foot tall Moulton Falls Bridge in Yacolt, Washington, on August 7
Holgerson suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung and other injuries when he wallowed in the water
Holgerson's family (pictured) said she did not want to see her friend, Smith, accused, but then changed her mind and said she wanted Smith to "sit in jail" and think about her actions.
The next appointment in Smith's court was scheduled for December 4.
Reckless recklessness is a serious crime. The maximum penalty is up to one year in jail and / or a fine of $ 5,000.
After the incident went viral, Smith claimed that Jordan asked her to push her off the Moulton Falls because she was scared.
Smith told Good Morning America that she never thought about the consequences and thought that her friend "would be fine".
"She wanted to jump and I was scared and she asked me to push her, I did not think about the consequences," Smith said, and revealed that she had tried to apologize to Holgerson several times, but was not allowed to see. she was told to leave the hospital where Holgerson had been recovering.
Immediately after the incident, Holgerson's family said he did not want his friend, Smith, to be charged. However, she later changed her mind.
"Now that I've thought about it more, I'm looking forward to her feeling in jail and thinking at least what she did," Jordan said in an interview with Today.