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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins dies after being struck by dump truck

5:10 PM CEST

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died early Saturday morning after he was struck by a dump truck while he was walking on a South Florida highway. Haskins was 24 years old.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Lt. Indiana Miranda said Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.

"He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic," Miranda said in an emailed statement.

She didn't say why Haskins was on the highway near Fort Lauderdale at the time. The accident caused the highway to be shut down for several hours, and Miranda said it's "an open traffic homicide investigation."

Haskins was training in South Florida with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

"I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. "He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time."

After a standout 2018 season at Ohio State, Haskins was selected 15th overall by the Washington Commanders in the 2019 draft.

Haskins spent two turbulent seasons with Washington before signing in Pittsburgh before last season.

Entering his second season with the Steelers, quarterback Dwayne Haskins had been in South Florida training with teammates. Gene J. Puskar/AP

"We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr.," Commanders owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder said in a statement. "He was a young man with a tremendous amount of potential who had infectious personality. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers are with the members of Dwayne's family and all of those who knew him and loved him."

"Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him," Commanders coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. "This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed. Our entire team is sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time."

Haskins played in 15 games over two seasons with Washington, compiling a Total QBR of 29.4 -- the league average during that time was 63.5. He threw 12 touchdown passes to 14 interceptions.

Haskins' time in Washington started somewhat controversially, as the scouts and coaches lobbied against drafting him with the 15th pick -- but Snyder wanted him. Haskins was a big name locally, having starred for three seasons at Bullis High School in Potomac, Maryland.

Haskins started seven games in his rookie year and the first four games the following season, but was benched after a 30-10 loss to Baltimore. Haskins was released by Washington later that season and went unclaimed on waivers. He signed a reserve/future contract with Pittsburgh in January 2021.

Saying he was humbled by the decision, Haskins stressed he was eager to work hard and absorb as much as he could from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He made the roster as the third-stringer but dressed only once, serving as the backup in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed into the COVID-19 protocol the night before the game.

Roethlisberger remembered Haskins in a tweet, writing, "I only had the privilege to know D-Hask for a short time, but in that time I got to meet a young man that didn't seem to ever have a bad day. He came to work everyday with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. ... Wish we ha more time together on this earth, but I will cherish the time and the laughs we had!"

In response to the news of Haskins' death, Rudolph simply tweeted, "Devastated."

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt remembered Haskins as an "upbeat guy."

The world lost a great person today. When Dwayne first walked into the locker room I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He was always making people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last a forever.

— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 9, 2022

Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool posted an emotional tweet, sharing that he spent time with Haskins this weekend.

"I spent your final moments with you and I can't help but think about how selfless you were in those moments," Claypool wrote in his tweet. "All you cared about was making sure that everyone around you was okay and I can't thank you enough for that. You are what I strive to be."

Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert both praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a restricted free agent in March. He was expected to compete with Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky for a spot.

"We're excited to see what Dwayne can provide, either from competition, or maybe he evolves as a starter," Colbert said in January.

Haskins had his greatest on-field success at Ohio State. After spending his first two seasons behind J.T. Barrett, Haskins beat out Joe Burrow to be the Buckeyes' starting quarterback going into the 2018-19 season.

Haskins backed up the Ohio State coaching staff's decision by delivering perhaps the greatest passing season in program history. He set Big Ten single-season records for passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939), in addition to a total of 28 school records.

The record-setting year led to Haskins being named a Heisman Trophy finalist and a third-team AP All-American.

In his final game as a Buckeye, Haskins threw three touchdown passes and for 251 yards in a Rose Bowl victory over Washington.

"The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to process," current Ohio State coach Ryan Day, who was Haskins' position coach as well as the Buckeyes' acting head coach in 2018, posted to Twitter. "For those who knew him closely, he was much more than a great football player. He had a giant heart, old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and our entire football program are heartbroken."

Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye. pic.twitter.com/yxwaIewN9V

— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 9, 2022

The school also released a statement: "The Ohio State Department of Athletics is terribly saddened to learn the death of Dwayne Haskins Saturday morning. We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our prayers are with the family, and with his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives."

"Heartbroken to hear of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr.," former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer tweeted Saturday. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his incredible family. One of the greatest QB's in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate, and friend. God Bless!!"

The Pittsburgh Penguins held a moment of silence in honor of Haskins before their Saturday afternoon game against the Washington Capitals.

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RIP Mr. Haskins.

Guess we will never know why he was walking on an interstate so early in the morning? Very shocking event.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

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The Shadow wrote:

RIP Mr. Haskins.

Guess we will never know why he was walking on an interstate so early in the morning? Very shocking event.

Man, social media has been going nuts over this. Attacking anyone that says anything outside of pure support. Even what you wrote would have you castrated. Some people are saying that his car had run out of gas, but nobody with any more inside knowledge than you or I would. Whole thing is odd. 

Hard not to wonder how you manage to walk out in front of a dump truck. 

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Calbrooks wrote:

 

The Shadow wrote:

RIP Mr. Haskins.

Guess we will never know why he was walking on an interstate so early in the morning? Very shocking event.

Man, social media has been going nuts over this. Attacking anyone that says anything outside of pure support. Even what you wrote would have you castrated. Some people are saying that his car had run out of gas, but nobody with any more inside knowledge than you or I would. Whole thing is odd. 

Hard not to wonder how you manage to walk out in front of a dump truck. 

And this is why I am not on Social Media. The ultimate conformity is to join that ilk. High School was bad enough with that crap, I definitely do not need it now as an old man. Instant Social Justice with no real proof other than, I read somewhere that....!

As for Mr. Haskins, it is an absolute shame that he died. Unrealized potential and the end of a very young life is a tragedy. But, it still does not stop peoples curiosity as to what transpired. Speculation is human nature. Like I said before, we will never know.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!

 

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Steelers' Dwayne Haskins was legally intoxicated when struck and killed, toxicology report shows

Haskins was struck by a truck after he left his vehicle on a Florida interstate

By Bryan DeArdo

13 hrs ago•3 min read

The results of Dwayne Haskins' toxicology report have been released nearly six weeks following his tragic death at 24 years of age. The former NFL quarterback died after being struck by a truck on a Florida interstate after he left his vehicle. 

The report, released by the Broward County Medical Examiner, revealed two positive blood samples for alcohol. Haskins' blood alcohol samples were .20 and .24, according to the Miami Herald. The legal alcohol content limit in Florida is .08. Two drugs -- ketamine and norketamine -- were also found in Haskins' system. Those drugs can be used as a medical anesthetic or for recreational purposes. 

Attorney Rick Ellsley issued a statement (via NFL Network) on behalf of Haskins' widow, Kalabrya Haskins, was released shortly after the autopsy results were released. 

"On behalf of Dwayne's wife, his family, and his memory, and on behalf of the truth, we respectfully request and pray for privacy, for patience, and for the public to withhold any judgement during this period while the law enforcement authorities continue to investigate and conduct their important work."

In a 911 call made the morning of Haskins' death, his wife told dispatchers that Haskins had run out of fuel and was looking for gas. A female passenger inside Haskins' car prior to his death also told the Florida Highway Patrol that Haskins had left the car in search of gas. 

A Medical Examiner's report stated Haskins was "reportedly witnessed waving cars down the shoulder" of Interstate 595 prior to being struck. 

Haskins, who recently signed his tender to return to Pittsburgh for the upcoming season, was on his way back to Pittsburgh after working out with several teammates prior to his tragic accident. The Steelers honored Haskins with a service at Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh on April 22. 

Haskins' impact on the Steelers -- and the football world in general -- was immediately felt in the wave of responses following his sudden death. Seemingly every post/statement regarding Haskins touched on his infectious smile and positive attitude. Haskins was also hailed as a great teammate who put others before himself. 

"I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. "He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken." 

"The world lost a great person today," Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt wrote on Twitter. "When Dwayne first walked into the locker room I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He was always making people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last forever." 

Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lauded, among other things, Haskins' immense talent when it came to throwing a football. While he was so much more than a football player, Haskins was a supremely gifted quarterback who in 2018 realized his childhood dream of being the starting quarterback at Ohio State. Haskins broke a bevy of school and Big Ten passing records that season while helping the Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl. His success in Columbus, Ohio led to him being selected by Washington in the first round of the 2019 NFL Drat. 

"I'll say it again just like I told you to your face, I still wish I could throw the ball like you!!" Roethlisberger posted on his Twitter account. "Love ya pal. 7." 

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Early in the morning hours, drunk, high, traveling with a woman not his wife and running out of gas. There is still more to this story.....

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

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while there is no need to dehumanize the man or the loss to his family... I think we need to be able to be honest about what happened. If it turns out the guy was drunk, stoned, or whatever and that caused him to get hit, we need to talk about it. Kids need to know that doing this shit can have huge constituencies. Society has to stop idolizing stars to the point of ignoring stuff like that.

 

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