22-Year-Old Driver Killed By Boy Who Jumped Off Overpass

Her boyfriend, who was in the passenger seat, was able to gain control of the car which he steered off the interstate.

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.”

[Photo: NBC Washington, Google Maps Street View]


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