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.
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.
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.
Police are investigating the incident as a suicide attempt.