By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

H-M-S student killed in car accident

'Words can't describe what a big loss this is'


March 28, 2024


Cruz was involved in several activities at H-M-S, including football, basketball, baseball and track.

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn community is mourning the death of one of its students following a single-vehicle accident Wednesday, March 20.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Joshua Cruz, 16, of Hartley, was driving a 2000 Honda Accord eastbound on 300th Street when it left the roadway and struck an embankment on Waterman Creek. The accident report noted Cruz was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered a fatal injury during the crash.

The accident occurred approximately three miles northwest of Hartley at around 8:30 a.m. The Iowa State Patrol, O'Brien County Sheriff's Office, Hartley ambulance an...

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