Driver killed after boy jumps from overpass onto auto in Virginia

Driver killed after boy jumps from overpass onto auto in Virginia

Police said a 12-year-old boy jumped an overpass and landed on an SUV being driven by 22-year-old Marisa W. Harris, of Olney, Maryland, who died at the scene.

Harris was killed by the impact, but her boyfriend, who was in the passenger's seat, was able to steer the SUV to the side of the highway, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The 12-year-old boy, who hasn't been identified, was rushed to Fairfax Inova Hospital to be treated for "life-threatening injuries", according to police. State authorities told NBC Washington they were investigating the incident as an attempted suicide.

Virginia State Police say the incident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Saturday on I-66 in Fairfax County.

Harris' boyfriend was sitting in the front passenger seat.

Harris graduated summa cum laude from Towson University before beginning her graduate program at Marymount University where she studied mental health counseling.

In a statement, Towson University spokesman Ray Feldmann said: "Our Towson University family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our alumna, Marisa Harris". Her father says Marisa is from a "long line of psychologists".

Meanwhile, a mum who drove her vehicle off a cliff and into a reservoir previous year, killing herself and her three young children, did it deliberately, officials confirmed last week.

Her mother, Leigh Miller, said: "She was caring-I mean she had an absolute love for children". She had an affinity for the outdoors and loved hiking, he said.

Bruce said his niece was just getting started to live an altruistic life helping children.

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