I can confirm that goitalone has the solution. My phone is no longer bricked. What a relief.
Thank you man.
Set up a VPN and then you definitely can.
I did not get TWRP installed. I didn't know it was possible when I started deleting things.
I do have another K7 that is NOT bricked and the same thing happens when I plug it in while in download mode. It is obviously an issue with the current ...
I'm using this one, works fine. Remember with a tablets like this, there'll be some movement, but it holds it securely.
Youtube video showing product:
The one above actually has audio out. But I'm not sure how you'd affix it to your dashboard.
Got the images from this link.