Dwayne Haskins, the younger Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback whose early morning loss of life on a South Florida freeway two weeks in the past had remained shrouded in thriller, was apparently crossing the interstate to get gasoline for his automobile when he was struck by a car, in response to a 911 name from his spouse that was launched by investigators on Wednesday.
Haskins, 24, who was in South Florida training along with his new teammates throughout the low season, was killed early the morning of April 9 when a dump truck struck him close to a median within the middle of the westbound lane of I-595 simply west of I-95.
Though the accident occurred nearly two weeks in the past, investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol had remained largely mum in regards to the circumstances surrounding it. And media studies and statements from the soccer crew on the loss of life of the previous Ohio State Buckeye star by no means provided an evidence for why the he wound up strolling on a significant freeway earlier than dawn.
An emotional seven-minute name between a girl who stated she was Haskins’ spouse and a 911 South Florida operator offered the primary public rationalization. It and different 911 calls had been launched Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office
Kalabrya Haskins’s name, tragically, got here too late. She was apparently unaware on the time that her husband was already useless.
During the decision, Kalabrya Haskins informed the operator that her husband referred to as her from the facet of a roadway and stated he was heading out in the hunt for gasoline. She started to cry as she informed the operator that she referred to as him again repeatedly, however he by no means answered. She informed the operator he was stranded, by himself and strolling.
“I kept calling and calling, but he wasn’t answering,” Kalabrya Haskins, who stated she was calling from Pittsburgh, informed the operator. “I just want somebody to go and see if he’s okay… It’s not like him not to call back.”
Responds the operator: “I don’t want you to panic, but I’m going to be honest, we do have an incident on the highway. But I don’t know if it’s your husband or not.”
Kalabrya Haskins then tells the operator that she had his location, however the space she gave close to Marina Mile was fairly a methods from the place her husband was killed.
After the operator asks about her husband’s age, dimension and ethnicity, Kalabrya Haskins loses her composure and begins to sob. Her subsequent few phrases are unintelligible. When the operator places her on maintain, she seems to start to wish. The phrases “dear Lord” are heard clearly.
Then simply earlier than hanging up, she asks the operator if it was an accident. “I can’t discuss that ma’am. I’m sorry,” she says.
Haskins, who starred for OSU and completed third in voting for the Heisman Trophy his sophomore yr, was killed simply earlier than 7 a.m. when he was struck by a dump truck as tried to cross one of many busiest highways in South Florida, on foot. He was discovered close to a median intersecting the freeway. The dump truck driver who struck him pulled over and waited for police.
According to the data launched Wednesday by the Florida Highway Patrol, which investigated the accident, Haskins might have been hit by one other car after the preliminary contact.
His agent stated on the time that Haskins was in South Florida coaching with different Steelers quarterbacks, working backs and receivers. Drafted within the first spherical in 2019 by the Washington Commanders after a pair of lower than stellar NFL seasons, he signed final yr with the Steelers, hoping to jump-start his profession.
Kalabrya Haskins name was truly the final of six calls associated to Haskin’s loss of life that had been launched by BSO. At least one of many different 5 witnesses claimed to see Haskins get hit. The others stated they only noticed the physique on the roadway.
In one name that lasted slightly below three minutes, a girl begins to hyperventilate because the 911 operator tries to calm her down and be taught precisely the place the accident occurred.
“There was a man hit in front of me,” the lady stated. “I was traveling on the road and I saw a dump truck hit the man.”
When the lady hangs up, the 911 operator calls her again. She says she’s on the correct shoulder of the street and the dump truck has stopped. At one level between coughs and cries and after the operator tells her to take a deep breath, the lady says she’s subsequent to Haskins and that Road Rangers had arrived and had been diverting site visitors.
“Now rescue is here,” she says, earlier than hanging up.
Haskins loss of life took a toll on former and present teammates, who rapidly grew to like him, they stated. Steelers large receiver Chase Claypool posted an image of the 2 of them on Instagram and stated “I lost a brother today.”
And Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated he was “heartbroken” and “devastated.”
Haskins, initially from New Jersey, grew to become one of the sought-after highschool quarterbacks within the nation at Bullis in Potomac, Maryland, committing to OSU in 2016. There, he rode the bench his first two years earlier than catapulting to stardom his sophomore yr when he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with solely eight interceptions, incomes him first-team all Big Ten Conference honors. He completed third within the Heisman race that yr and left college early for the NFL.
The following yr the then-Washington Redskins drafted Haskins with the fifteenth decide within the first spherical. But he struggled his two years with the crew, going 3-10 throughout begins with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
When the now-Washington Commanders minimize Haskins, he discovered a house with Tomlin’s Steelers, who had simply misplaced soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to retirement.
Kalabrya and Dwayne Haskins had no kids.
This story was initially printed April 20, 2022 11:38 AM.