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Driver hurt in crash with state police SUV

A 24-year-old Avilla man was injured Friday morning when the car he was driving was in a crash with an Indiana State Police SUV driven by an off-duty trooper.

According to a preliminary state police investigation, 1st Sgt. R. Corey Culler, 44, of rural Kendallville, was driving the Chevrolet Tahoe south on Noble County Road 1000 East (Miner Road), south of County Road 200 North, about 7:35 a.m. when a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix pulled out of Sycamore Way into the SUV's path.

Although Culler braked and tried to steer away, state police said, the Tahoe struck the car along the driver’s side.

Dennis W. Dancer, 24, of Avilla, had head and internal injuries, and was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne, state police said. His condition was not immediately available.

Culler and his young daughter, who was sitting in the back seat in a child restraint seat, were not injured.

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