Death of Dwayne Haskins: What we know and don’t know about the quarterback’s death

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.

He 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 single season (4,831) , touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939). He led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a Rose Bowl victory, and he finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football’s most outstanding player.
Washington selected Haskins as the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he fell short of his lofty status. He played 16 games in two seasons for Washington, going 3-10 in 13 starts.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was fatally struck by a dump truck on the Florida freeway, police say
Haskins was released in December 2020 towards the end of his second season after being benched in a loss and after being fined an undisclosed amount for violating team Covid-19 protocols in going without a mask to his girlfriend’s birthday party.
A month after his release, the Steelers picked him up, although he did not play in a regular season game for Pittsburgh. He spent last season as the third-string quarterback behind now-retired longtime Steeler Ben Roethlisberger and backup Mason Rudolph.
Last month, Haskins re-signed with the Steelers for a year and was expected to compete with Rudolph and new Steelers acquisition Mitchell Trubisky for positions on the depth chart.
“I feel like I can be a starter in this league. I got drafted for that reason,” Haskins said in January, according to “I really believe I have the talent for. I just haven’t put everything in place yet. And that’s something I need to do this offseason to put myself in a position to play.”

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

Dwayne Haskins played 16 games in two seasons for the Washington Football Team before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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.

Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward tweeted “Dwayne meant so much to so many people.”

“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.

“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said. statement reads. “It’s a very sad time and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed.”
Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool remembered Haskins’ selflessness during his last interaction with him.
“I spent your last moments with you and I can’t help but think how selfless you were in those times. All you cared about was making sure everyone around fit you well and I can’t thank you enough. You are what I strive to be”, Claypool tweeted.
Roethlisberger said on Twitter although he only knew Haskins for a short time, he knew he was “a young man who never seemed to have a bad day”.

“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.