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Car Crashes Through Chandlee Jewelers Store Window In Georgia; One Injured (VIDEO)

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A Georgia jewelry store received an unwanted renovation late last month when a senior citizen careened across the sidewalk and through the storefront.

The accident happened on Nov. 28, at Chandlee Jewelers in Oconee County.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the driver, a 63-year-old woman from Winterville, was driving her Honda Odyssey down the road when an object rolled from beneath her seat and obstructed the brake pedal.

Videos from security cameras in the store captured the accident.

The car can be seen on the video careening through the front of the store, narrowly missing an employee. A 63-year-old customer, however, had no time to get clear of the crash. Seated at the front of the store, Rita Jones, of Athens, was thrown about 15 feet from her chair.

"[I] heard what I now know to be the revving of an engine. [I] looked to my right and blinked and there was a van in the store and my customer was missing," Chandlee Epps, an employee of the jewelry store, told

Luckily, Jones did not suffer serious injuries. She was treated and later released from an area hospital.

"We ask now that everybody -- we're ready for the Christmas rush -- but if you don't mind, please park outside first," jeweler Bryan Exum told

The store has since reopened for business. Police said the senior citizen driver is not facing charges.

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