Details continue to emerge regarding Pittsburgh Steelers division Dwayne Haskins, who died Saturday after being hit by a dump truck while crossing the Florida Highway on foot.
Here’s what we know so far:
An eyewitness account
An eyewitness spotted Haskins on the highway in the minutes before the fatal accident. Per WTVJ:
“I was taking my daughter to an airline at Fort Lauderdale in the morning…And what I noticed was a Mack truck, or a big trailer, with also another vehicle starting to move a little bit to the left. I was in the left lane and then there was the right lane. Then I noticed that there Someone started making their way down the road.
– The eyewitness said he “saw the man’s arms slightly raised as he seemed to be drifting towards the main highway”.
“He was about halfway, to a quarter of the way in the right lane, already on the highway and I was really worried that someone was going to hit him there at that moment.”
The eyewitness called 911 at 6:31 a.m., six minutes before the Florida Highway Patrol was reported.
– According to the Columbus Dispatch, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said in a statement that investigations into the traffic homicides take about 90 days to complete. Then a report is provided. … the agency investigating the incident said Monday that it will not release more information until the case is closed and has declined to answer more questions about Haskins’ death.”
– Investigators haven’t said why Haskins, the former Ohio state star quarterback, who was born in Highland Park, New Jersey, and raised in Middlesex County, was walking the highway.
—According to Columbus Dispatch, “Haskins died early Saturday morning after trying to cross the westbound lanes on foot on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was hit by a truck. …He died at the scene. “
Why was Haskins in Florida?
– CNN reports that “Haskins was in South Florida working with some of his Steelers teammates, as captured on Haskins’ Instagram Stories and back to Survivor Harris.”
– WUSA published the first public statement from the Haskins family:
“We’ve had such a massive outpouring of love for our son since the news of our loss broke,” says Tamara and Dwayne Haskins, Sr., Haskins’ parents. “Anyone who knows Dwayne knows that he has worked exceptionally hard to achieve such a high level of success at such a young age. He has been touched by so many people on his journey to becoming an outstanding athlete and we are so grateful for all of them. Such pain is unimaginable and we appreciate everyone who shares with us in We mourned.”
– USA Today reports that there will be a New Jersey memorial service “from noon to 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 23, at Christ Church in Rockaway, NJ, and the vigil is also scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Sunday, April 24, at Haskins High School, Police School in Potomac, Maryland.”
– WUSA reports that the Steelers will “hold a funeral on April 22. The location, date and time will be determined. The Haskins family has informed the team that they will not attend the service.”
Ohio State Plans
– “Hundreds of people gathered under the rotunda outside Ohio Stadium on Tuesday night to commemorate,” Cleveland.com reported. Among those who spoke were former Ohio State president succeeding Master Teague, former Ohio State receiver Chris Fields and former Ohio State quarterback Cardal Jones.
Then came seven minutes of silence (in honor of the number 7 that Haskins wears), followed by Carmen Ohio playing the violin, and then the band playing.
– ESPN reports that Ohio State will honor Haskins in its spring game on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Haskins was the 15th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played two turbulent seasons with the Washington Redskins before moving to the Steelers last year, where he supported future Ben Roethlisberger Hall.
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