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 deceased victim is Marisa W. Harris, of Olney, Md., who died upon impact. The 12-year-old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
The mother told the station that Harris had graduated summa cum laude from Towson University and was learning at a graduate emotional well-being advising program at Marymount University.
Police responded to the accident at 4:18 p.m. ET. She said the 22-year-old loved to help children in need and had dreamt about eventually making it a career.
Her parents said Harris had a passion for working with children with severe behavioral problems and the way she died is not lost on them.
Marisa Harris (left and right), 22, died when a 12-year-old boy threw himself off an overpass onto her vehicle in Virginia on Saturday. Harris was a graduate student at Marymount University who wanted to help kids combating depression.
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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".
AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Tom Calcagani advised drivers to stay aware of their surroundings.
State police originally said a man had fallen off of the overpass.
Harris's uncle said Harris's boyfriend was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash.
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If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting "Home" to 741741.