12-Year-Old Jumps From Overpass In Suicide Attempt, Kills 22-Year-Old Driver Below

A 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass and landed on an SUV, killing the driver.

Fairfax County, VA - A 22-year-old woman was killed after a 12-year-old boy jumped off an overpass on Saturday afternoon, and landed on her vehicle.

Virginia State Police said that the unidentified 12 year old was attempting to commit suicide.

The incident occurred on Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia, near Exit 62 and the Cedar Road overpass, as the 22-year-old woman was driving east, according to Fox News.

They said that the driver of the vehicle, Marisa Harris, of Olney, Maryland, was "incapacitated" after the boy landed on her vehicle.

A 23-year-old passenger in the SUV, who was said to be the victim’s boyfriend, grabbed the steering wheel and was able to maneuver the vehicle off the interstate, stopping against a concrete barrier on the road’s left shoulder, according to authorities.

Harris was killed by the impact of the fall on her windshield, and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for Virginia State Police.

Her passenger was not injured.

The 12-year-old boy who jumped from the overpass received life-threatening injuries, and was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The family of the victim said Harris was a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in clinical counseling at Marymount University, according to WUSA9.

She had a passion for working with children with severe behavioral problems, her family said.

“She was caring — I mean she had an absolute love for children,” Harris’s mother, Leigh Miller said of her only child.

Harris was a high-achieving student, and graduated summa cum laude from Towson University, where she completed her undergraduate degree, her mother said.

Given her work with children, the circumstances of her death — caused by a suicide attempt by a 12-year-old — were not lost on the family.

“That’s the irony that we’re at looking at right now,” Patrick Harris told The Washington Post.

Police are investigating the incident as a suicide attempt.

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I hope the boy gets the help he needs but I'm split on what the consequences should be for his actions that caused her death. Things like this make me glad I'm still 16 and I don't have to make decisions like this. God bless the family, may the boy get help, may the DA do what they feel is appropriate.


You said everything I was thinking, Dayten.


You are wise beyond your years Dayten. Prayers for this boy.