Three people died and one was injured early Sunday morning in North County when they were ejected from a car that overturned several times.

The vehicle was parked on High Point Road, a truck trail 4 miles south of California 79 in the Cleveland National Forest, about 1 a.m. when the driver, George Emrich, 59, of Garden Grove, accidentally shifted his Chevrolet Blazer into reverse instead of drive, said California Highway Patrol officer Mona De Mello-Hoss.

The vehicle rolled backward down an embankment 20 feet until it hit a soft spot, then overturned several times, stopping 260 feet from the road.

Emrich as well as passengers Betty Kramer, 50, and Ruby Boyer, 46, both of Aguanga in Riverside County, were found dead at the scene at 12:15 p.m., De Mello-Hoss said.


Thomas Kramer, son of Betty Kramer filed a missing persons report Sunday morning with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, then went looking for the missing party, said CHP Officer Bob Meton. Thomas Kramer called for help after he found passenger Clinton Boyer, 52, of Aguanga, crawling on the road at 11 a.m.

Boyer was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, Riverside County, and is listed in stable condition with cuts and abrasions.