An Ohio graduate student was killed in a freak accident when her head got crushed between her car door and a toll booth in a parking garage, according to a report.
Victoria Strauss, a 23-year-old studying social work at Ohio State, was leaving the garage in downtown Columbus at 11:37 p.m. Monday when tragedy struck, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Strauss dropped her credit card while trying to pay for parking via a machine, then accidentally stepped on the gas while leaning outside of the car to get it, according to video footage cited by the paper.
The car lurched forward, causing her to become wedged between the vehicle and the toll booth.
A security guard found her unresponsive around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday and called police. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
“She attempted to retrieve her card by opening her door and leaning out to pick it up,” local police said in a statement. “She inadvertently accelerated and collided with the parking kiosk.”
Strauss, a Florida native, got her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, where she was on the dance team.