Police ID man, 77, killed in crash involving Del. State Trooper in Dover

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Friday, September 16, 2016

DOVER, Del. (WPVI) -- Police have identified a man killed in a crash involving a Delaware State Trooper on Route 1 in Dover.

The deceased has been identified as 77-year-old Daniel J. Gates of Millsboro.

It happened around 6 p.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes at Exit 98.

Police say a 2010 Chevrolet Aveo, operated by Gates, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on Route 1.

A 22-year-old trooper, assigned to Troop 3 in Camden, was traveling southbound in a marked 2012 Chevrolet Caprice when the two vehicles collided head-on.

Gates, who police say was not properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trooper, who police say was properly restrained, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. He was treated and released from Christiana Hospital.

Police say alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor.

Route 1 southbound was temporarily closed at Exit 104 for hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. It has since re-opened.

The trooper's identity has not been released.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.