Pedestrian falls onto I-66, driver dies

31 October, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Police: Suicide Attempt by Boy Jumping From Overpass Kills Driver Below

Virginia State Police originally said that a man had fallen off the overpass and appeared to have gone through the rear windshield but later clarified that a boy had jumped.

Police said Marisa Harris, 22, of Olney, Maryland, died after the boy landed on her auto when he jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass on Interstate 66. According to WJLA, her friend was in the passenger seat and, when the boy crashed through the windshield, had to gain control of the steering wheel and steered it off the interstate.

Police transported the unidentified12-year-old to a 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. She'd recently returned from a trip to Budapest as part of a college course.

The impact from a pedestrian's fall from an overpass killed a driver on Interstate 66 Saturday. At this stage, the incident is being investigated as a suicide.

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With Harris incapacitated, herfamily said her boyfriendtook control of the auto from the driver's seatand steered it off of the interstate.

Authorities say the crash occurring circa 4.18pm Saturday afternoon as Harris was traveling eastbound near Exit 62 in Fairfax county.

Harris, according to her mother, was studying mental health counseling in a graduate program at Marymount University. They said she was fond of working with and helping children having severe behavioral problems.

"That's the irony that we're at looking at right now", her father, Patrick Harris said.

"She was fearless; she was absolutely fearless", he said. The boy landed on Harris' vehicle, incapacitating her.



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