MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to CBS News Miami that the pedestrian who was hit and killed by a dump truck on I-595 early Saturday morning was Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
The FHP said Haskins went to a “restricted access facility for unknown reasons.”
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“Unfortunately, he was hit by an oncoming dump truck,” authorities said.
FHP spokeswoman Lieutenant Indiana Miranda said Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic,” Miranda said in an email.
Miranda did not say why Haskins was on the highway at the time. The accident caused the highway to be shut down for several hours, and Miranda said it is “an open investigation into traffic fatalities.”
A 2019 first-round draft pick of Washington, Haskins was released by the team after going 3-10 over two seasons. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a developmental QB, but he did not appear in a game last season.
Haskins appeared to be in South Florida this week with several teammates, including other quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running back Najee Harris and tight-end Pat Freiermuth.
Haskins’ death triggered a stream of grief from several corners of the NFL, especially from former teammates with the Steelers and Commanders.
“I’m devastated and speechless 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 a great friend to so many. I’m really crushed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely devastated” to hear 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. “This is a very sad time and I honestly lack words. I know I speak for the rest of our team by saying he will be greatly missed. Our entire team sends our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time. “
Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on its Twitter feed, topped by the caption “Leader. Legendary. Forever a Buckeye.”
In Ohio State, Haskins set single-season records for touchdowns by 50 and yards by 4,831. He was the Rose Bowl MVP in 2019 when the Buckeyes won 13-1.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day, who was quarterback coach during Haskins ‘last season at school, called Haskins’ death “beyond tragic.”
“For those who knew him closely, he was much more than an amazing football player,” Day wrote on Twitter. “He had a huge heart, an old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and our entire football program are shattered. ”
The Steelers gave Haskins a chance to revive his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after being released by Washington. Humble about the decision, Haskins stressed that he was eager to work hard and absorb as much as he could from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph.
Haskins came on the list as third-strings, but only dressed once, serving as a backup in a draw with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed in the COVID-19 protocol the night before the game.
“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers star TJ Watt wrote on Twitter. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could feel he was an optimistic guy. He always made people smile and never took life for granted.”
Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert both praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a limited free agent in March. He was expected to compete with Rudolph and Trubisky at training camp.
“Dwayne meant so much to so many people,” Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward wrote on Twitter. “His smile was contagious and he was a guy you wanted to be with. We’re all in shock at losing him. We’ll miss him too. We lost you way too soon. Luckily I got a chance to to get to know you. RIP DH. “
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