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 was “walking on (the highway) for unknown reasons” when the incident occurred, the patrol said in a statement.
News of Haskins’ death prompted statements of shock across the league and beyond.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a team statement.
“He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community,” Tomlin’s statement read. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a great friend to so many people. I am truly heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and all of his family during this difficult time.”
“I feel like I can start in this league”
Haskins rose to prominence at Ohio State, where he set OSU and Big Ten Conference records as the second redshirt in 2018, including passing yards in a season (4 831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939).
“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. His smile and zeal for life will be missed!,” Roethlisberger said. “I repeat like I said to your face, I always wish I could throw the ball like you,” he added.
Commanders Washington, Ohio State and other players expressed shock and condolences.
“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’ second Washington head coach, Ron Rivera, said Saturday he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of his former player’s passing.
“The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to handle. To those who knew him closely, he was so much more than a great football player. He had a giant heart, an old soul and an infectious smile. “, tweeted Day.
The Ohio State Department of Athletics released a statement saying it was “terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning.”
“We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our prayers go out to the family, as well as to his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives,” the statement read.