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

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

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

Her boyfriend, who was sat in the front passenger seat, was able to steer the auto off the highway.

Police said they are investigating the incident as a suicide attempt.

Police say a 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above Interstate 66 in northern Virginia and fell onto a auto, killing the driver. The front-seat passenger-her boyfriend-wasn't injured. A 23-year-old male passenger who was traveling with Harris managed to grab the steering wheel and direct the vehicle off of the interstate.

According to WUSA-TV, Harris was a first-year grad student at Marymount University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Harris's mother, Leigh Miller, told NBC Washington her daughter was a counseling student who wanted to work with troubled youths and would have helped the boy if she'd had the chance.

Police are not naming the jumper as he is a child, but he was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital and is being treated for life-threatening injuries, WTOP reported.

Bruce said his niece was just getting started to live an altruistic life helping children. She said that it was "amusing" that Harris passed on when a kid she could have encouraged purportedly attempted to take his own particular life.

A professor at Marymount remembered Harris as being "caring" and "compassionate" during an interview with NBC 4 News.

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". "I've been hearing from her classmates all day". She was fearless, she was absolutely fearless.

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