An elderly woman was lucky to escape serious injury or death Thursday afternoon when she drove her car off a steep embankment to a road surface below in Mahoning Township. The incident began when she tried to park her car in the lot of Oak Terrace Apartments along Oak Road. As she drove up to the concrete stop she apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her car plunged through weeds and brush before plummeting over a very steep embankment to Oak Street. Her car continued onto a lawn stopping just short of a dwelling. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. Township police are investigating the incident.