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Driver dies after being pinned to a ticket machine trying to leave an Atlanta parking garage

The man opened his door to reach the kiosk that operates the exit gate. His truck rolled forward as he was partly outside the vehicle, police said.

A driver died in a freak accident Thursday morning after he was pinned to a ticket machine as he was trying to leave an Atlanta parking garage, police said.

Officers responded to a Peachtree Street parking deck in the Midtown neighborhood just after midnight.

Police said the driver forgot to put his truck in park as he opened his door to reach the machine that operates the exit gate. The vehicle rolled forward while he was partly outside it, pinning him to the kiosk.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His name has not been released.

The parking garage is used by The Starling Atlanta Midtown hotel, NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta reported. A representative said the hotel had no information to share about the incident.

An investigation continues, police said.

The man was killed nearly two years after a 23-year-old Columbus, Ohio, woman was killed as she tried to leave a parking deck.

The woman, Victoria Strauss, dropped her card shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2021, as she was trying to pay for parking, Columbus police said.

When she opened her door and leaned over to pick up the card, she inadvertently accelerated and hit the parking kiosk, police said.

Strauss, who was pinned between her car door and the door frame, died at the scene, police said.