Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was struck and killed by a dump truck early Saturday morning on I-595 near the Fort Lauderdale airport, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
“Mr. Haskins was walking on a restricted-access freeway/expressway for unknown reasons,” FHP said in a statement. “He was attempting to cross lanes of westbound Interstate 595 with oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, he collided with an oncoming dump truck.”
The accident was reported at 6:37 a.m., about 25 minutes before sunrise. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Florida Highway Patrol described the case as an “open traffic homicide investigation” and said no further information would be released until it was closed.
Haskins had been in South Florida as the guest of Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who owns a home west of Boca Raton, and had invited several players to his home for an off-season practice session, according to the Steelers Depot website.
Haskins’ agent Cedric Saunders told ESPN of the quarterback’s death, and the Steelers released a statement expressing their condolences.
“I am devastated and speechless at the unfortunate death of Dwayne Haskins,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “Once he arrived in Pittsburgh, he quickly became part of our Steelers family and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate but even more of a great friend to so many. I’m really heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kalabrya and his entire family at this difficult time.”
Haskins, 24, was selected from Ohio State by Washington in the first round of the 2019 draft. He started seven games as a rookie, going 2-5. He was 1-5 in six starts for the team the next season before he was fired.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Haskins’ death.
“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said in a press release. “This is a very sad time and honestly I am at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team when I say we will miss him dearly. Our entire team sends our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”
Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on its Twitter feed. It read: “Leader. Legend. A horse chestnut forever.”
The Steelers gave Haskins a chance to revive his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after Washington released him. Humbled by the decision, Haskins said he is committed to working hard and absorbing as much of Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph as possible. He made the roster as a third stringer but only got dressed once and served as a backup in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed on COVID-19 protocol the night before the game.
“The world lost a great man today,” Steelers star TJ Watt tweeted. “When Dwayne first walked into the dressing room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile and never took life for granted.”
Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in March. He was to compete with Rudolph and Trubisky for a spot.
“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can offer, either through competition or maybe he’ll develop as a starter,” Colbert said in January.
Haskins appeared to be working with several teammates in South Florida this week, including Trubisky and other players in the ability position, including running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth.
“Devastated,” Rudolph said on social media.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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