Driver Killed By 12-Year-Old Jumping From Overpass Was Towson Grad

Courtesy of Marisa Harris' family

The New York Daily News reports an unidentified child jumped off an interstate overpass and landed on a auto, killing 22-year-old Marisa Harris of Maryland.

According to police, Harris was driving her 2005 Ford Escape east on Interstate 66 outside Washington, D.C., when the boy jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass in Fairfax County, incapacitating her. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident. Harris' family said the woman's boyfriend was a passenger in the auto and took control and steered it off the interstate.

Police are investigating the matter as a suicide attempt, WUSA-TV reported.

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Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gelle said the incident took place Saturday afternoon on Interstate 66. Harris was a graduate student at Marymount University who wanted to help kids combating depression.

The girl died on the spot, her friend was not injured.

Harris graduated from Towson and was studying clinical counselling as a graduate.

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The boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Ironically, the woman was studying mental health counseling in a graduate program, aspiring to help people like the suicidal boy who caused her own death.

"She had an absolute love for children, Harristold the Washington Post".

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