(DeKalb County, IN) 12-26-20  The Indiana State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of an Auburn man earlier this afternoon.  At approximately 3:00pm today, DeKalb County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash in the area of DeKalb CR21 just south CR34. Senior Trooper Anthony Canul was the first arriving Trooper, and has assumed the investigation.  

Senior Trooper Canul’s preliminary investigation revealed that shortly before 3:00pm, Guadalupe Alfredo Cruz, 25, of Ashley, was operating his 2007 Honda Accord passenger car northbound on County Road 21 approaching County Road 34.  There was a loss  of control on the gravel road surface prior to the vehicle sliding sideways before running off the roadway.  The vehicle continued sideways off road until the passenger side of the vehicle struck a tree.  The passenger, Joshua Charles Clifford, 24, of Auburn was entrapped due to the heavy damage sustained, and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries prior to being extracted.  Joshua Clifford was pronounced dead at the scene by the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office. 

Cruz stated that he was attempting to avoid an animal in the roadway prior to losing control. Both men were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol use was suspected.  Cruz was cleared by emergency medical personnel at the scene, however, he was transported to Parkview DeKalb hospital for chemical testing as part of the crash investigation.  (Those test results are pending.) 

Notifications have been made to the Clifford family.

This remains an active ongoing criminal investigation.  There is no further information available for release at this time.  Once the crash investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office for review and determination of charges (if any) to be filed.

Senior Trooper Canul was assisted at the scene by Corporal Grant Crabtree (ISP Crash Reconstruction Team), the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department, Corunna Fire Department, DeKalb Parkview EMS, the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office, and Jeff’s Auto Repair & Towing.