Boy survives after jumping on auto from 30 ft, driver dead

Boy survives after jumping on auto from 30 ft, driver dead

Boy survives after jumping on auto from 30 ft, driver dead

Harris' family said her boyfriend, who was in the passenger's seat, took control of the vehicle and steered it off of the interstate.

According to Virginia State Police, Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police believe the boy was trying to kill himself when he jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass onto Interstate 66, killing Marisa Harris when he landed on the 2005 Ford Escape she was driving, People reports.

The state police confirmed in a statement that the "front-seat passenger" was "was not injured" as a result of the collision. 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' mother told NBC 4 News the incident happened so quickly she was unable to avoid hitting the child. Family said she was studying counseling to help troubled kids like the 12-year-old boy who jumped off the overpass.

"She was fearless; she was absolutely fearless", he said.

"Every student contributes immeasurably to the community we create together at Marymount University".

The driver of the Escape was identified as Marisa W. Harris of Olney, Maryland.

"She didn't even get an opportunity to begin her life", Bruce said. She had an affinity for the outdoors and loved hiking, he said. "I've been hearing from her classmates all day".

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