Police identify man killed in head-on crash with trooper

Southbound Route 1 traffic is diverted off the highway at Scarborough Road exit. (Photo: DelDOT traffic cam)
Southbound Route 1 traffic is diverted off the highway at Scarborough Road exit. (Photo: DelDOT traffic cam)

DOVER, DELAWARE (9/17/2016) Delaware State Police have identified a 77-year-old Millsboro man killed Thursday night in a head-on crash with a trooper’s patrol car on Route 1 in Dover.

The crash happened shortly before 6 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Exit 98 (North Little Creek Road).

Police say┬áDaniel J. Gates was driving a Chevrolet Aveo northbound in the southbound left lane when it collided with the trooper’s southbound 2012 Chevrolet Caprice.

Gates’ family dog also died in the crash.

The 22-year-old trooper has been released from Christiana Hospital in Stanton, police said Friday.

Troopers are still investigating the crash.

Man, dog die in head-on Route 1 crash with police car