Driver killed after 12-year-old jumps off I-66 overpass

01 November, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • The boy threw himself 30 feet off this I-66 overpass near Exit 62. He survived and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He has not been identified

Officials said Harris' boyfriend, who was in the passenger seat, was able to take control of the wheel and steer it off the interstate. According to her mother, Leigh Harris, her daughter "wanted to help kids" like the one whose apparent suicide attempt left her dead Saturday, WUSA reports.

A 12-year-old boy attempted to commit suicide by jumping off an overpass Saturday, but landed on a auto and instead killed the 23-year-old driver, Virginia State Police said. Her boyfriend, whose name was not given, was not injured. However, the front-seat passenger survived the accident without any injuries and was able to stop the auto after steering it off the interstate. She was a clinical counseling student who would have helped the child if she had the chance, her devastated mother told News4.

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Harris graduated from Towson and was studying clinical counselling as a graduate. They said she was fond of working with and helping children having severe behavioral problems. The boy was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Marisa Harris (left and right), 22, died when a 12-year-old boy threw himself off an overpass onto her auto in Virginia on Saturday.

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Lisa Jackson-Cherry, a professor at Marymount, said Harris showed great promise as a counselor.

Shanks said that a memorial service will be held later, and that, "The loss of any student, particularly in so heartbreaking a manner, grieves us all".

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Harris completed her graduation in 2013 from Sherwood High School in Olney, Maryland, where she had been part of a graduating class of 347 students. So she got to know her classmates very well. Her father, Patrick Harris, said that she was an outgoing person and had a fondness for the outdoors, particularly hiking. She was fearless, she was absolutely fearless. "I miss her so much".

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