In a stroke of incredibly bad luck, a Maryland woman was killed while driving when a suspected suicide jumper landed on the roof of her car.
Amazingly, the jumper who landed on her car survived, the Daily Mail reports.
It happened on Oct. 28 in Virginia, when an unidentified 12-year-old boy fell from an overpass and landed on a Ford Escape driven by 22-year-old Marisa Harris.
An unidentified man in the front passenger seat was able to pull the car over and stop it on the side of the road.
According to police, the passenger was uninjured, but Harris was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy was taken to an area hospital, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries, WTOP reports.
Whether the boy fell or intentionally hurled himself from the 30-foot-high bridge is not known, but the event is being investigated as an attempted suicide.
As for Harris, her mother said that she was a graduate student at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, studying clinical counseling, reports WRC. She had recently taken a trip to Budapest as part of a college course.
Further details of her life have not yet been reported.
Citing a very specific statistic using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Daily Mail reports that between 1999 and 2015, 711 children aged 12 killed themselves in the United States. And during the same period, there were 1,309 suicides among American children aged 5-12.
According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths between the ages of 10 and 24, with firearms being the most common method used. However, "more young people survive suicide attempts than actually die," the CDC notes.
Among all ages, the suicide rate in the United States steadily declined from 1986 through 1999, but has been steadily increasing since that time.
The most famous car-top suicide occurred on May Day in 1947, when 23-year-old Evelyn McHale leapt from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in Manhattan and landed on a limousine, her body causing a huge crater on the roof of the luxury vehicle, as reported by Time.
Often referred to as "the most beautiful suicide," a full page in Life magazine was devoted to a photograph of the morbid scene. "At the bottom of Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier her falling body punched into the top of a car," the caption said.