Jordan Holgerson was seriously injured after being pushed off of the Moulton Falls Bridge in Washington. Holgerson was standing on the edge of the bridge preparing to jump, but she showed some hesitation. After the brief moment of pause from the 16-year-old, video shows another person lean over and shove her off of the bridge into the Lewis River.
Holgerson, who is a student at Kalama High School, suffered five cracked ribs, a bruised esophagus, injured her trachea and had air trapped in the lining of her lungs.
“She is lucky she is not paralyzed or dead. We’re lucky she is going to recover and not have permanent injuries,” said her mother Genelle Holgerson, who is a medical assistant at St. John Medical Center, via TDN.com. The woman who shoved Holgerson is an adult. “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,” Genelle added.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
“I could’ve died. In midair I think I might’ve blacked out. I was awake and aware when I hit the water. I have five broken ribs, air bubbles in my chest, and I have a punctured lung,” Holgerson said when speaking to KGW. “It could’ve ended a lot worse.”
Holgerson also noted that someone swam out to save her or she fears she would have drowned.
Holgerson has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but she is hoping to return to school where she is on the Honor Roll sooner rather than later. Her mother said she is unsure of just how long the 16-year-old will remain in the hospital as she recovers from the serious injuries. In the meantime, Genelle just hopes the woman who pushed her daughter off of the bridge will turn herself in.
“My daughter’s gonna have a long recovery and I think she should just turn herself in – realize what she did wrong,” she said, via KATU. “This is not okay. She could have killed my daughter.