A 23 year-old woman from Ohio was killed on Monday in a horrific parking garage accident, and her friends are now honoring her in a very special way.
Victoria Strauss was killed on Monday night after her head became trapped between her car and the payment machine in a parking garage in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reported that police were called to the parking garage by a security guard who found her body at around 5:40am Tuesday morning, hours after the accident occurred at 11:37 p.m. on Monday.
Security footage from the parking garage shows Strauss dropping her card as she tried to pay for parking while exiting the garage. As she opened her door to pick up the card, the young woman accidentally accelerated. When Strauss’s car then collided with the payment kiosk, her head became trapped between her car door and door frame, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Strauss was from Florida and was a graduate student at Ohio State University. Jacquelyn Castore, Brianna Domaeti and Charleston Carter were close friends with Strauss, and they competed with her on Florida Atlantic University’s dance team while undergraduates. They last saw her back in August, on a night they said was “very special” because they spent it dancing.
“It does make us feel at ease knowing that was the last memory we shared together,” Castore told WBNS 10TV.
She went on to say the touching way they plan to honor their late friend, saying, “When we feel her absence, we will be dancing for her now I think for the rest of our lives.”
“Each and every dance that she did, you could feel… you could feel that she was dancing for a bigger purpose,” added Domaeti.
The three women are already planning to meet up with other friends of Strauss for a dancing session in her honor. For now, they are struggling to mourn the friend who had so much life ahead of her.
“She wanted to be a therapist; she was about to graduate grad school, she wanted to make a change in other people’s lives,” Domaeti lamented.
Ohio State University released a brief statement to People Magazine about the situation, saying, “Victoria Strauss was a graduate student in the College of Social Work. We were heartbroken to learn she passed away on Monday, and we extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends during this difficult time.”