A 12-year-old boy jumped off an I-66 overpass to commit suicide, but ended up killing 22-year-old Marisa Harris who was driving below.
This is a truly tragic story. Police believe that the untimely death of Marisa Harris (shown above) was the result of a failed suicide attempt on the I-66 freeway in Fairfax County, Virginia.
After deciding to end his life, a 12-year-old boy -- whom police are not naming -- climbed over the fence of the Cedar Lane overpass and jumped onto the highway below. He ultimately landed on Harris's 2005 Ford Escape.
Harris's boyfriend in the passenger seat was able to reach over, grab the wheel, and steer the vehicle to safety. However, Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. The young boy was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Harris was studying clinical counseling as a graduate student at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her mother told reporters that the incident was "ironic" because her daughter could have helped the young boy if just given the chance. She was studying to one day help children who were battling depression.
The incident is just one of many like it in what clinicians around the country are describing as a youth depression epidemic.
If you are considering suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. If someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact your local law enforcement.