Driver Killed By 12-Year-Old Jumping From Overpass Was Towson Grad

Marisa Harris

Her boyfriend, who was in the front passenger seat and uninjured, took control of the Ford Escape and steered it to safety.

The victim was identified as 22-year-old Marisa Harris, of Olney, a graduate student at Marymount University studying clinical mental health counseling. According to her family, her boyfriend-who was sat in the passenger's seat-took control of the wheel and drove the auto off the highway.

Police are investigating the matter as a suicide attempt, WUSA-TV reported.

According to Virginia State Police, Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother reportedly noted that the 12-year-old boy who caused her death is exactly someone she would have used her training to help. Her boyfriend, whose name was not given, was not injured. The boy was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She previously graduated summa cum laude from Towson University.

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Patrick Harris, Marisa's father said in a statement that, "That's the irony that we're looking at right now".

In a statement reported by The Baltimore Sun, Towson University spokesman Ray Feldmann called Harris "a caring, giving person who meant to devote her life to helping children in crisis".

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.

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