Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was intoxicated when hit and killed by dump truck

Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was intoxicated when hit and killed by dump truck

Published May 24, 2022
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was intoxicated when a dump truck hit and killed him on a Florida interstate earlier this year, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The medical examiner’s office determined that Haskins had a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.20% at the time of his autopsy, more than double the legal limit in Florida of .08%. 

An accompanying investigation report states Haskins went to a club and “drank heavily” the night prior to his death.

Haskins’ death has been ruled an accident, according to the autopsy report released Monday, with the cause of death listed as “multiple blunt force injuries.” He was 24.

“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 judgment during this period while the law enforcement authorities continue to investigate and conduct their important work,” attorney Rick Ellsley said in a statement released on behalf of Haskins’ wife, Kalabrya, on Monday night.

A first-round draft pick out of Ohio State, Haskins was killed in the early morning hours of April 9 after attempting to cross lanes of oncoming traffic on Interstate 595, according to authorities. Kalabrya Haskins said in a previously-released 911 call that her husband had pulled over on the side of the road and walked to find a gas station.

According to the investigation report released by the medical examiner’s office Monday, the driver of the dump truck, who is not identified, said he was driving in the darkness when “all the sudden a male appeared standing in his travel lane.” Haskins was also “partially contacted” by a second vehicle as it attempted to swerve around him, according to authorities.  

The investigation report states that Haskins had spent the day prior to the accident, April 8, in Florida training with several of his Steelers teammates, then joined them for dinner. He later went to a club with his “friend/cousin,” according to the report.

“They drank heavily and at some point, they got into a fight, separating,” the report states.

The Florida Highway Patrol determined that Haskins was traveling with a female passenger on April 9 before exiting on foot to find a gas station, according to the medical examiner’s investigation report. The woman was in the car when officers found it following the accident but she is not identified in the report.

Haskins’ toxicology report also notes that ketamine was detected in his urine at the time of death, though no drugs were detected in his blood.

Ketamine can be used as a sedative or treatment for depression, but it is also known as a “club drug” that can produce “dissociative sensations and hallucinations,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Haskins started 13 games in two seasons for Washington before joining the Steelers as a free agent. He threw for 2,804 yards and 12 touchdowns in the NFL.

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