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

Kelly Massey
November 1, 2017

A 22-year-old woman was killed after a 12-year-old boy attempting suicide by jumping off an overpass in Virginia landed on her auto Saturday afternoon, investigators said.

The schoolboy has suffered life-threatening injuries after the tragic incident which killed Marisa Harris, 22, of Olney, Maryland, in the U.S. state of Virginia.

Her boyfriend, riding in the front passenger seat, grabbed the wheel and was able to steer the SUV safely off the road, authorities said.

Several members of Harris' family are psychologists.

The juvenile was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital and is still being treated for life-threatening injuries. There is no word yet on his condition.

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Harris' mom told local station WUSA that it was "ironic" the boy who killed her is someone Harris would have helped. Harris was killed by the impact, while her boyfriend was not hurt.

Bruce said that Harris grew up in Olney, Maryland and had traveled the world.

Harris' mother said her daughter was studying clinical counseling and had recently taken a trip to Budspest as part of the class work, NBC 4 reported.

In a statement reported by The Baltimore Sun, Towson University spokesman Ray Feldmann called Harris "a caring, giving person who meant to devote her life to helping children in crisis. I've been hearing from her classmates all day". Her father, Patrick Harris, said that she was an outgoing person and had a fondness for the outdoors, particularly hiking.

Her friends and family say the irony is she wanted to help children just like the boy who attempted suicide.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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