Four-car crash on I-15 hospitalizes four people

MURRIETA —- Four cars crashed on Interstate 15 Monday night after one driver stopped his Jeep and turned off the lights, authorities said.
The first crash happened about 11:45 p.m. in the freeway’s northbound lanes, near the Nutmeg Street overcrossing, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

The 1975 Jeep, driven by Brian Shorr, 20, of San Pedro, suddenly stopped directly in front of a 1997 Ford pickup, driven by Fidencio Bedolla, 46, of Lake Elsinore, causing the pickup to rear-end the Jeep, said CHP Officer John Canning.

A northbound Saturn driven by Anna Marie Graefen, 19, of Wildomar, swerved around the crash, spinning out of control, the report states. A fourth car, a Toyota Tercel driven by Maria Tirado, 28, of Lake Elsinore, then hit the Saturn, officers said.

Shorr, Bedolla, Graefen and an unidentified passenger in the Jeep were hospitalized, Canning said. Their conditions were not available Tuesday.

Officers said they do not know why Shorr stopped the Jeep in the middle of the freeway.

The crash closed all northbound lanes for about 30 minutes.