Motorist Dead After 12-Year-Old Boy Attempting Suicide Jumps Off Overpass and Lands on Her Car

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A young graduate student was killed over the weekend after a 12-year-old boy attempting to commit suicide jumped over a local overpass and landed on her car.


Virginia State Police say that Marisa Harris, 22, from Olney, Md., was driving east on Interstate 66 when the child jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass and landed on her Ford Escape, NBC Washington reports. 

The jump left Harris “incapacitated,” Fox News notes, but Harris’ boyfriend, who was sitting on the passenger’s side of the SUV at the time of the incident, managed to steer the vehicle to the side of the road.


Harris, a graduate student at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., died at the scene. The child survived and was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police are investigating the jump as an attempted suicide, NBC notes.

Read more at NBC Washington and Fox News.

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The really, truly, horrible icing on the shittiest cake ever about this story?

Ms. Harris was getting her Master’s in Clinical Counseling, and she worked with children with severe behavioral problems.