According to the investigative report released Monday by the Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, Haskins, 24, allegedly practiced with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates on April 8, an account reinforced by photos and video on social networks. The players went to dinner, and afterwards it is believed that Haskins went to a club with a friend. According to the report, they “drank heavily” and argued at one point before going their separate ways.
Investigators were told that Haskins did not use illicit drugs other than marijuana and would “never take unknown substances” but did drink alcohol, “sometimes a lot.”
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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, witnesses began calling about a pedestrian walking through westbound traffic on I-595 at 6:33 a.m. on April 9. A witness reported seeing a black man dressed in all black on his right shoulder, waving people down. . She stopped and got out to see if he needed help, but by then he had been hit by the dump truck. The truck driver said he was driving in the dark (sunrise was 7:03 a.m.) when a male pedestrian appeared in the center lane.
Haskins was knocked down several feet, then knocked down or struck again by an SUV that swerved in an attempt to avoid him. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:47 a.m.
No other vehicles were located near Haskins’s death, but FHP later found a vehicle belonging to Haskins along I-595. A companion, who had accompanied him since the evening before, was inside. The two ran out of gas on the side of the freeway and Haskins, according to the report, set off on foot to find a gas station around 6:15 a.m. The woman stayed in the car.
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Dispatchers earlier released redacted 911 audio from the morning of Haskins’ death in which his wife pleaded to help locate him. Kalabrya Haskins told the dispatcher from his home in Pittsburgh that Dwayne Haskins was stranded and walking around looking for gas. The dispatcher said at the time it was possible Dwayne Haskins had “an incident” but could not confirm the news to his wife.
Haskins, Washington’s 15th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was cut at the end of the 2020 season. The Steelers signed him in January 2021 and retained him through a 2022 restricted free agent tender. After his death, three days of services were held in Pennsylvania, New Jersey native and in Maryland, where he distinguished himself at the Bullis School.
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