A summa cum laude graduate from Towson University, Miss Maria Harris, was killed when a 12-year-old boy attempted suicide by jumping off an overpass in Virginia and landing on her SUV whilst she was driving.
The State Police of Virginia recounted the unfortunate incident, stating that Miss Harris was driving her Ford Escape when the child landed on top of it, leaving her immediately ‘incapacitated’.
Her boyfriend, seated in the SUV’s passenger seat, was then able to steer the car and maneuver it to the side of the road, stopping against a concrete barrier on the road’s left shoulder, where Miss Harris passed away before help could reach her.
The boy meanwhile, suffered injuries from the jump, but was hospitalized afterward and will manage to survive according to resident doctors at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Miss Harris, who resided with her parents in Arlington, pursued her master’s degree in clinical counseling at Marymount University.
She especially liked working with children who suffered from severe behavioral problems.
The circumstances of her death make it therefore even harder for the parents to bear.
“That’s the irony that we’re at looking at right now,” her father, Mr. Patrick Harris explained. “She was fearless, she was absolutely fearless. She was loved by her friends, she was dearly loved by her family, she was admired by her peers, she was just a shining star.”
Meanwhile, her mother broke down in tears when asked for comment: “She was, she was awesome. I miss her so much. “She was caring, I mean she had an absolute love for children.”
Police are investigating the incident as an attempted suicide.