Disturbing new details emerge around Dwayne Haskins' tragic death

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Pictured right, mourners attend a candlelit vigil for late Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (L) died at 24 after being hit by a dump truck in Florida. Pic: Instagram/Getty

An emergency call has shed more light on the tragic death of NFL star Dwayne Haskins, who was killed after being hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway on April 9.

His death sparked an outpouring of grief from multiple corners of the NFL, including from former teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Commanders.

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The circumstances surrounding the 24-year-old Steelers quarterback's untimely death have been somewhat of a mystery up until now.

However, a 911 emergency call from the player's wife 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.

"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.

The FHP said it had opened a traffic homicide investigation, but has yet to disclose further details.

Local resident Chris Stanley told reporters that he thought he saw Haskins on the highway minutes before the collision, noticing vehicles were veering into his lane.

Seen here, Dwayne Haskins and the South Florida highway where he was hit by a truck and killed.
Dwayne Haskins was killed after being hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway. Image: Getty/NBC

911 calls received close to time of Dwayne Haskin's death

 

“And what I noticed was a Mack truck, or a big tractor-trailer, with also another vehicle that started moving a little bit to the left,” Mr Stanley said.

“I was in the left lane and then there was the right lane. And then I noticed an individual there starting to make their way onto the road.

“He was about halfway, to a quarter way in the right lane, already onto the highway and I was already concerned that somebody was going to strike him right there at that moment."

Mr Stanley called 911 at 6.31am and Florida Highway Patrol officials have said crash was reported at 6.37am – just six minutes later.

He added that he didn’t see a car alongside the highway that could have belonged to Haskins.

“I did not see any vehicle nearby,” he told NBC 6 South Florida.

“I was more concerned with him because he was already making his way onto the road system.”

Haskins was a superstar at Ohio State college, throwing for 4831 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2018.

He was then a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2019, but was released by the team after going 3-10 over two seasons.

He was signed by Pittsburgh as a developmental QB, but didn't appear in a game last season and was trying to make the Steelers team for 2022.

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