FHP identifies Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins as man struck and killed by dump truck on I-595 – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to CBS News Miami that the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a dump truck on I-595 early Saturday morning was Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins .

FHP said Haskins was walking on a “limited access installation for unknown reasons.”

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“Unfortunately, he was hit by an oncoming dump truck,” authorities said.

FHP spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 while there was oncoming traffic,” Miranda said in an emailed statement.

Miranda did not say why Haskins was on the freeway at the time. The crash caused the highway to be closed for several hours, and Miranda said it was “an open traffic homicide investigation.”

Washington’s 2019 first-round pick, Haskins was released by the team after going 3-10 in two seasons. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a developmental QB, but he didn’t appear in a game last season.

Haskins appeared to be in South Florida this week with several teammates, including fellow quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth.

Haskins’ death has sparked an outpouring of grief from many corners of the NFL, especially former Steelers and Commanders teammates.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “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. 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.”

Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Haskins’ death.

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“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said in a statement. “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. Our entire team sends our deepest condolences, thoughts and our prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”

Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on its Twitter feed, topped with the description, “Leader. Legend. Always a Buckeye.

At Ohio State, Haskins set single-season records for touchdowns with 50 passes and yards with 4,831. He was the 2019 Rose Bowl MVP as the Buckeyes went 13-1.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day, who was the quarterbacks coach in Haskins’ final season at school, called Haskins’ death “beyond tragic.”

“For those who knew him closely, he was so much more than a great football player,” Day posted on Twitter. “He had a giant heart, an old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and our entire football program are heartbroken.

The Steelers gave Haskins a chance to resurrect his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after being released by Washington. Humbled by the decision, Haskins stressed that he was eager to work hard and absorb as much of Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph as he could.

Haskins made the roster as a third string but only dressed once, serving as a substitute in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed on COVID-19 protocol the day before the match.

“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers star TJ Watt tweeted. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile, never taking life for granted.

Both Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a restricted free agent in March. . He had to compete with Rudolph and Trubisky in training camp.

“Dwayne meant so much to so many people,” Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said on Twitter. “His smile was contagious and he was a guy you wanted to be with. We are all in shock to lose him. We will miss him too. We lost you way too soon. Luckily I was lucky to know you. RIP DH.

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