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Teen in hospital after being pushed off bridge in Washington state

Posted: 9:47 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 16:38:10Z

(KATU/CNN) - A teenager in Washington state is recovering after being shoved off a bridge.

The 16-year-old girl fell more than 60 feet into the river below and now has five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

"Recovery is going to be slow with her ribs and her chest, so we're still at the hospital and we don't see any hopes of leaving today anyway," said the victim’s mother Genelle Holgerson.

It happened at the Moulton Falls footbridge near Yacolt, Washington, in Clark County.

 

"I was told this was over 60 feet ... If she would have fell a different way she could have broke her neck been paralyzed ... she could have died," said Holgerson.

Jumping off the bridge is illegal, and just hearing the girl's impact, you understand why.

Now, her mother wants the culprit to come forward.

"She should probably just turn herself in, realize what she did was wrong. This is not OK. She could have killed my daughter," said Holgerson.

She said her daughter is recovering and coming to grips with what happened.

"She doesn't want to know the full extent of injuries, so she's really focused on feeling better and getting out of pain," said Holgerson.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is investigating this incident.