Celina man dies in crash Friday afternoon


CELINA — A man died in a two-vehicle crash at 2:40 p.m. Friday just south of town at Brown Road and US 127.

Aaron Rose, 40, of Celina, was driving an SUV south on US 127 when his vehicle was hit by a box truck driven by Joshua Bruns, 37, of New Bremen, who was going the opposite way. Bruns drove left of center for reasons that have not been determined, according to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

The impact pushed Rose’s vehicle through a guard rail and onto its side. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Mercer County Coroner Timothy Heinrichs.

Bruns was flown from the scene to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The hospital did not have Bruns listed in its patient directory as of Friday night.

The crash was under investigation.

According to Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Rose was a former teacher at Fort Loramie Schools.