Florida Highway Patrol has released new details into the death of 24-year-old NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins and announced that a traffic homicide investigation has been opened.
It was first reported over the weekend that Haskins was struck by a dump truck when he was walking alongside I-595 in Broward County early Saturday morning, but it now appears Haskins was actually trying to cross the major highway for an “unknown” reason when he was struck, Penn Live reported:
The agency [Florida Highway Patrol] said that Haskins was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of I-595 in Broward County at 6:37 a.m. when he was struck by a dump truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to multiple reports.
The Florida Highway Patrol said it is unknown why Haskins was attempting to cross the expressway, and that a traffic homicide investigation is open. The quarterback was reportedly in South Florida to work out with Steelers teammates after re-signing with the team back on March 11.
A traffic homicide investigation is now open into the death, highway patrol said, according to Penn Live.
Coaches and teammates of Haskins offered their condolences upon hearing about the tragedy.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement, The Daily Wire reported. “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 tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken.”
“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt posted to Twitter. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He was always making people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last…forever.”
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken to hear the news.”
“I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed,” Rivera wrote. “Our entire team is sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”
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