Marisa Harris has been identified as the Maryland woman killed while driving in Virginia Saturday by a 12-year-old boy who jumped off an overpass and landed on her vehicle.

The unidentified juvenile jumped in a suicide attempt, according to Virginia State Police. Harris, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.


The jumper fell from above I-66 in Fairfax County around 4:15 p.m., striking the driver’s side of Harris’s Ford Escape, according to Virginia State Police.

Harris’s boyfriend, who was in the passenger’s seat and remained uninjured, took control of the car and steered it to safety.

The boy is being treated for life-threatening injuries, and police said they are investigating the jump as a suicide attempt.

Harris’s mother told WUSA that her daughter was studying to help children who are battling depression. She said that it was “ironic” that Harris died when a boy she could have helped allegedly tried to take his own life. source

The mother told the station that Harris had graduated summa cum laude from Towson University and was studying at a graduate mental health counseling program at Marymount University.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.