Maryland woman dies after boy, 12, jumps from bridge, hits vehicle

Marisa Harris 22 was killed while driving on the highway Saturday

In a weird incident, a 12-year-old boy jumped 30 feet off from an overpass above Interstate 66 in northern Virginia and fell onto a auto, killing the driver, while the boy extraordinarily survived.

Marisa Harris, 22, of Olney, was driving on Interstate 66 when the boy, who has not been named, landed on her Ford Escape.

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 driver of the vehicle died at the scene. They said the boy, who has not been identified yet, sustained life-threatening injuries and was admitted to Fairfax Hospital.

WDCW reported police are investigating the incident as a suicide. The passenger was not injured.

'Marisa was very quiet and reflective, but you could tell once she completed her program she was going to make a difference in the lives of a lot of young adults, ' counseling department Chair Lisa Jackson-Cherry said in a statement from the University. She was a clinical counseling student who would have helped the child if she had the chance, her devastated mother told News4.

Given her work with children, the circumstances of her death - after a suicide attempt by a 12-year-old - were not lost on the family. Her father, Patrick Harris, said that she was an outgoing person and had a fondness for the outdoors, particularly hiking. "She was loved by her friends, she was dearly loved by her family, she was admired by her peers, she was just a shining star".

"She was - she was awesome", her mother said. "She was awesome. I miss her so much". The boy landed on Harris' vehicle, incapacitating her.

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