VIRGINIA – A 22-year-old woman was killed after a 12-year-old suicidal boy jumped from an overpass in Virginia and landed on her moving vehicle Saturday afternoon, investigators said.
Virginia State Police said Marisa Harris of Olney, Md., was driving east on Interstate 66 when the boy landed on top of her Ford Escape, WRC-TV reported.
While the boy’s jump left Harris “incapacitated,” he survived and was being treated for life-threatening injuries at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Harris’ boyfriend was sitting in the SUV’s passenger seat when the jumper impacted the moving vehicle. He was able to successfully steer the Ford to the side of the road, police added. As a result of the impact to vehicle from the boy, Harris died at the scene.
Harris’ family members told WRC she was a graduate student at Marymount University in Arlington, where she studied clinical counseling. She had recently taken a trip to Budapest as part of a college course.
Her parents said if given the chance, Harris could have helped the suicidal boy who had jumped.
"This is the type of kid she would be working with," said Patrick Harris of his daughter Marisa who was killed when a 12 yo jumped from I66 pic.twitter.com/XSrydCOQpR
— Cheryl Conner Costello (@CherylCCostello) October 29, 2017
WDCW reported police are investigating the incident as a suicide.
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741.
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