The former Ohio State University star and finalist in the Heisman Cup Finals was just 24 years old.
So far, authorities have released few details about the circumstances of his death. Here’s what we know and don’t know about the fatal accident, his short-lived career and how those who knew him reacted.
Haskins was trying to cross the western lanes of Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, when he was hit by a dump truck, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
The patrol said the accident was reported shortly after 6:30. The patrol said in a press release that he was “walking on (the highway) for unknown reasons.”
No other details were available about what led to the accident.
In recent days, Haskins has been in South Florida training with some of his Steelers teammates, as depicted in the Instagram stories of Haskins and back to Nagy Harris.
His football career is short-lived
Haskins is preparing to enter his fourth year in the NFL as a backup for the Steelers after an impressive college career.
How his teammates and coaches remember him
His teammates and coaches who knew Haskins offered their condolences and commemorated his passing.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day said team members were hurt, and announced that they would honor Haskins in their spring game on Saturday.
He said, “When you think of Dwayne, you only think of the empathy he had, and certainly all of his teammates and friends. He always took time out after a workout to be around family members, and the kids.” “He meant so much to my family and he meant so much to this programme, and we will miss him dearly.
“It’s very close to Saturday morning at the moment. It’s still kind of hard to put our feet under and see clearly now. We’re all in pain.”
“His smile was infectious and he was a man you wanted to be around,” Heyward wrote. “We are all shocked to lose him. We will miss you too. We lost you so early. Luckily I had a chance to get to know you. RIP DH.”
Haskins’ coach, Ron Rivera, said Saturday that he was “extremely sad” to hear of the death of his former player.
“He came to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really enjoyed his passion, his love of the game and his desire to learn and be the best. You will miss his smile and his enthusiasm for life!,” said Roethlisberger. “I’ll say it again like I told you to your face, I still wish I could throw the ball like you,” he added.