Woman killed when 12-year-old boy jumps off highway overpass

Woman 22 died when boy 12 jumped from bridge 'in failed suicide bid'

Marisa W Harris was killed at the scene yesterday afternoon

A 22-year-old woman was killed Sunday after a 12-year-old boy jumped off a highway overpass in Virginia, which police claimed was an apparent suicide attempt, and landed on the SUV she was driving on the interstate below.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Harris' boyfriend who'd been sitting in the front passenger seat was able to stop the auto on the left shoulder.

Police transported the 12-year-old boy to Fairfax Inova Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

WDCW reported police are investigating the incident as a suicide.

The incident took place at around 4.20 pm on Saturday, while Marisa was driving her 2005 Ford Escape towards eastbound on Interstate 66. However, the front-seat passenger survived the accident without any injuries and was able to stop the vehicle after steering it off the interstate.

The news of Harris's death shook Bruce, but he said her father is especially devastated.

Harris' family told The Washington Post that she was pursuing her master's degree in clinical counseling at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. They said she was fond of working with and helping children having severe behavioral problems.

The driver of the Escape was identified as Marisa W. Harris of Olney, Maryland.

Harris' mom told local station WUSA that it was "ironic" the boy who killed her is someone Harris would have helped.

Her friends and family say the irony is she wanted to help children just like the boy who attempted suicide. "I've been hearing from her classmates all day".

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