Haskins was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County when the dump truck struck him, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The incident was reported shortly after 6:30 am, the patrol said.
He was “walking down (the highway) for unknown reasons” when the incident occurred, the patrol said in a news release.
The news of Haskins’ death generated shock statements throughout the league and beyond.
“I am devastated and speechless by the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team.
“He quickly became a part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our best workers, both on the field and in our community,” Tomlin’s statement said. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to many. I am truly heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and their entire family during this difficult time.”
“I feel that I can be a starter in this league”
Haskins rose to fame at Ohio State, where he set OSU and Big Ten Conference records as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, including single-season passing yards (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 enjoyed his passion and love for the game and eager to learn and be the best. His smile and zest for life will be missed!” Roethlisberger said.”I’ll say it again like I said it to your face, I still wish I could throw the ball like you,” he added.
Commanders from 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’re all in shock to lose him. We’re going to miss him terribly too. We lost you way too soon. Luckily I got a chance to meet you. RIP DH.”
Haskins’ assistant head coach in Washington, Ron Rivera, said Saturday that he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of his former player’s passing.
“The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to process. 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,” Day tweeted.
The Ohio State athletic department released a statement saying it was “terribly saddened to learn of the death of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning.”
“We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this very difficult time. Our prayers are with the family and his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives,” he read in the statement.