A 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above Interstate 66 in Fairfax, Virginia, killing a woman who was driving her SUV below.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller stated Sunday that the boy landed on a Ford Escape causing an impact that killed the vehicle's driver, 22-year-old Marisa Harris of Olney Washington. She died at the scene, according to CBS News. The boy has been hospitalized for life-threatening injuries. As of now, Virginia State Police are investigating it as a suicide attempt, CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports.
Harris' boyfriend, who was in the passenger's seat, managed to get control of the car after Harris was killed. He steered it off the interstate, WUSA-TV reports. He was not injured during the incident, NBC Washington reports.
Harris was enrolled in a graduate program at Marymount University. She was studying mental health counseling. Her mother called her death "ironic," because she said Harris could have helped the 12-year-old if given a chance. Harris previously graduated summa cum laude from Towson University. Recently, she took a trip to Budapest as part of a college course.
711 American 12-year-olds committed suicide between 1999 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Study and Control. During that very same time period 1,309 children aged 5 to 12 killed themselves in America.
“That’s terrible, especially that a 12-year-old would do something like that,” Lauren Hummell told ABC7. She is familiar with the overpass. “The fact that someone so young would do that, you know, heartbreaking.”
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