Teen Badly Hurt After Being Pushed off 60-Foot Bridge
A high school student from Washington was seriously injured when she was pushed off a bridge and fell 60 feet into the water below.
Jordan Holgerson, 16, was standing with some friends atop the Moulton Falls bridge over three stories above the Lewis River in Clark County, Washington, on the afternoon of Aug. 7. They were daring each other to jump.
A cellphone video of the incident shows Jordan hesitating, looking down at the water far below, while a voice counts down “3, 2 ,1.”
When Jordan didn’t jump, the video shows, someone pushed her from behind.
Holgerson fell, flailing her arms and legs and she screamed.
Someone had to swim out from shore to pull her out of the water or she might have drowned Holgerson told KGW News.
“I could’ve died,” Jordan told KGW. “I have five broken ribs, air bubbles in my chest, and I have a punctured lung.”
Jordan was transported to Peacehealth Southwest Washington Medical center in Vancouver, Washington, where she is in stable condition, KITV reported.
‘She Could Have Killed My Daughter’
The identity of the woman who pushed Jordan off the bridge is known to Jordan and some family members, but so far no official action has been taken.
Jordan’s mother, Genelle Holgerson, told Fox News she believed the woman should turn herself in voluntarily.
“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 said.
“I’m very upset with her. She is an adult, and I’m sure she should have known better. She could have killed my daughter,” Holgerson told The Daily News. “She is lucky she is not paralyzed or dead. We’re lucky she is going to recover and not have permanent injuries.”
Jumping from the bridge is illegal—and pushing someone off, potentially criminal. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Jordan told KGW that the woman who pushed her had apologized.
“It could’ve ended a lot worse,” Jordan said.
Fourth Injured Jumper This Summer
Jumping off the arched footbridge in Moulton Falls Regional Park is not an uncommon activity, despite the many warning signs telling visitors how dangerous it can be.
Clark County fire chief told the Columbian that though the water was deep, there were rock shelves jutting out underwater that posed hazards.
“You’ve got to land in there just right or you can get hurt,” he explained. “Every summer we have a couple of people out there who get hurt, and people do drown.”
KITV reported that so far this summer, four people have been injured and needed rescue after landing badly in the water below the bridge.
The height of the bridge is listed on the park website as “over three stories tall.” The Daily News cites the bridge as being 60 feet from the top to the water.