The former Ohio State University star and Heisman Trophy finalist was just 24 years old.
Authorities have so far provided few details about the circumstances of his death. Here’s what we know and don’t know about the fatal crash, his short career, and how those who knew him reacted.
Haskins was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County when the dump truck hit him, Florida Highway Patrol said.
The incident was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m., the patrol said. He had “walked on (the freeway) for unknown reasons,” the patrol said in a news release.
More details about what led to the incident were not available.
For the past few days, Haskins has been in South Florida working with some Steelers teammates, as seen in Instagram stories of Haskins and running back Najee Harris.
His short football career
Haskins, a reserve for the Steelers last season, was about to enter his fourth year in the NFL.
Family memorial services
Haskins’ family will hold several services next weekend to honor him, with a memorial service to be held in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, where Haskins was born and raised until high school on April 23.
The following day, a vigil will be held at the high school Haskins attended in Potomac, Maryland.
The family chose to have multiple services “in order to share their son’s memory with family, coaches, teammates and childhood friends.”
“We’ve had such an outpouring of love for our son since our loss was announced,” Tamara and Dwayne Haskins, Sr., Haskins’ parents, said Tuesday.
“Anyone who knew Dwayne knows he worked exceptionally hard to achieve such a level of success at such a young age. He has been touched by so many people on his journey to becoming a standout athlete and we tell them. We are all grateful. The pain is unimaginable and we appreciate everyone who shares our grief.”
How his teammates and coaches remember him
Teammates and coaches who knew Haskins offered their condolences and memories since his death.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Monday that team members are hurting and announced they will honor Haskins in his spring game on Saturday.
“When you think of Dwayne, you just think of the compassion he had, certainly for all of his teammates and his friends. He always took the time after practice to be with his family members, the kids,” did he declare. “He meant a lot to my family and he meant a lot to this program, and he will be greatly missed.
“It’s so close to Saturday morning right now. It’s still hard to get your feet under us and see clearly right now. We’re all in pain,” he added.
“His smile was infectious and he was a guy you wanted to be with,” Hewyard wrote. “We are all in shock to lose him. We will miss him too. We lost you too soon. Luckily I was lucky enough to know you. RIP DH.”
Haskins Washington head coach Ron Rivera said Saturday he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of his former player’s passing.
“He came to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really appreciated his passion and love for the game and his desire to learn and improve. to be the best. We will miss his smile and zeal for life!,” Roethlisberger said. “I repeat like I said to your face, I always wish I could throw the ball like you,” he added.