Police say a malfunction caused the wheels on the trailer to lock up on Tuesday night, blocking Delaware Route 1 at New Wharf Road. As the driver tried to drag the trailer out of the road, a northbound Honda CRX hit the trailer.
Police say the driver of the Honda, 32-year-old Jason Johnson of Frederica, was pronounced dead at the scene. His 9-year-old step-daughter was taken to an area hospital. Police say she is in serious, but stable condition.
The tractor trailer driver was not injured.