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Car Drives Into Trader Joe's Store in Encinitas, 4 Injured

An 87-year old woman was cited for not having a California Driver's License after she crashed into a store in Encinitas, injuring four women.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:47 p.m. on the 100 block of N El Camino Real. 

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO), the woman reversed into the front of Trader Joe's in a commercial strip mall.

She was backing out of a parking spot and accidently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, deputies said. She drove backwards into the store, hitting four women.

SDSO said the women's ages ranged from early 50s to late 80s.

One woman was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, two others were transported to Scripss Encinitas Hospital. 

The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Deputies told NBC 7, the woman had been driving faster than the posted speed limit in the parking lot. But she was not under the influence.

The store had minimal damage and was shut down while employees cleaned up.

Deputies said the driver was not injured.

She had been a California resident for some time but did not have a driver's license in the state. She was cited and the vehicle was impounded.

No other information was immediately available.

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