Deaf and Unlicensed Driver Plows Into 7-Eleven, Narrowly Avoiding Customer: Cops

The driver, 22-year-old Cindy Rosas Ortega, and her passenger, 27-year-old Johana Gomez Ortega, were both unharmed.

A customer and employee in a 7-Eleven store were lucky to escape with their lives Friday after a deaf and unlicensed Oregon woman plowed through the store's walls, authorities said.

The Keizer Police Department said it was Cindy Rosas Ortega's first time behind the wheel.

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Jaw-dropping surveillance footage shows the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee crashing through the entrance of the store and right into the counter.

A cashier and customer can be seen quickly darting out of the way. Police said that the momentum of the crash startled them, but no injuries were reported.

Ortega, 22, and her passenger, 27-year-old Johana Gomez Ortega, were both unharmed, police said.

"The investigating officer learned Ms. Rosas Ortega who is deaf was reported to have been operating a motor vehicle for her first time when the crash occurred," the Keizer Police Department posted on Facebook.

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"Ms. Gomez Ortega told the investigating officer she was not able to tell Ms. Rosas Ortega how to stop the vehicle."

Rosas Ortega was issued a traffic citation for operating a vehicle without a license, and Gomez Ortega was issued a traffic cititaion for providing a vehicle to an unlicensed driver, police said.

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