New report shines disturbing light on NFL star Dwayne Haskins' death

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A toxicology report indicates Dwayne Haskins' blood alcohol levels were up to three times higher than the legal limit in Florida, before he was killed. Pic: Getty/NBC
A toxicology report indicates Dwayne Haskins' blood alcohol levels were up to three times higher than the legal limit in Florida, before he was killed. Pic: Getty/NBC

A toxicology report indicates former NFL star Dwayne Haskins had been out at a club and drinking “heavily” just hours before he was struck by a truck and killed on a Florida highway, earlier this year.

The tragic death of the former Ohio State and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback on April 9 sparked an outpouring of grief from multiple corners of the NFL, including from former teammates and coaches.

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Haskins, 24, was killed in the early hours of the morning after being hit by a dump truck on a Florida highway, near Fort Lauderdale.

Officials say he was wandering on foot across the highway and had entered travel lanes into the path of the truck.

He was also reportedly hit by a second car after the first impact, and died at the scene.

Officials have not said why Haskins was trying to cross the highway early that morning.

Haskins’ wife called 911 from Pittsburgh that morning and told a dispatcher that he said he was walking to get gas (petrol).

According to the Miami Herald, a toxicology report stated that Haskins' blood alcohol content was between .20 and .24 when he died, which is up to three times the legal limit in Florida.

A Steelers official told the medical examiner’s office that Haskins had gone to dinner and then a club with a friend or his cousin the night before he died.

They “drank heavily” there before getting into a fight and separating, according to the Miami Herald's report.

The 24-year-old's tragic death was ruled accidental.

Haskins was a former Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State and was selected by the Washington Commanders with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. The Steelers signed him before last season.

His wife issued a statement Monday afternoon through her attorney.

"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," part of the statement read.

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A 911 emergency call from the player's wife that was released last month indicates that he was walking on the highway because his car had run out of gas (petrol).

Haskins's wife Kalabrya Haskins told the operator her husband had run out of gas on a Florida highway and had set off in search of fuel.

He had called her at their home in Pittsburgh to tell her he was stranded. When he never called back and his phone stopped responding she made the call to Florida emergency services.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (L) died at 24 after being hit by a dump truck in Florida. Pic: Instagram/Getty
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (L) died at 24 after being hit by a dump truck in Florida. Pic: Instagram/Getty

"I just want somebody to go to the area to see if his car's there, see if he's OK, if anything happened to him. ... That's just not like him to not call me back and for his phone to go dead. He was stranded by himself. He was walking, though," Kalabrya says in the recording, which was obtained by a reporter in Miami.

The operator responds that there was a report of an incident on that highway but that she could not confirm an identity and tells Kalabrya to not panic.

In another 911 call a witness describes seeing a dump truck hit a man.

Haskins 24, was in Boca Raton, Florida, on the weekend of April 8 to train with Steelers teammates.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said Haskins was walking on a "limited access facility for unknown reasons" at 6:37am and attempted to cross the westbound lanes of the motorway when he was struck.

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