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Dwayne Haskins Reportedly Was Drunk Before Fatal Accident


Dwayne Haskins, 24, the backup Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and a former standout at Ohio State, was heavily intoxicated when he was struck and killed by a truck on a Florida highway in April, in response to a toxicology report released by the health worker’s office in Broward County, Fla., on Monday.

In two samples, Haskins had a blood-alcohol concentration of .20 percent and .24 percent on the time of his autopsy, in response to the report, greater than double Florida’s legal limit of .08 percent. Ketamine, a sedative that can also be taken as a recreational hallucinogenic, was also present in Haskins’s system, in response to the report.

Through an attorney, Haskins’s wife, Kalabrya, in an announcement Monday, asked for patience and privacy.

“On behalf of Dwayne’s wife, his family, and his memory, and on behalf of the reality, we respectfully request and pray for privacy, for patience, and for the general public to withhold any judgment during this era while the law enforcement authorities proceed to analyze and conduct their necessary work,” the statement said.

Haskins’s agent, Cedric Saunders, declined to comment.

Alongside findings from the police investigation, also released Monday, the reports provide clarity to what led to the collision, which occurred around 6:37 a.m. on April 9 as Haskins attempted to cross a busy stretch of Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale on foot.

Haskins had been drinking “heavily” at a club the night before his death, in response to report, and a Steelers official told the health worker’s office that Haskins had gone to dinner that night and later to a nightclub with a friend or cousin. The 2 later separated after entering into a fight, in response to the report. Haskins had been in South Florida training with teammates throughout the week.

Kalabrya Haskins told a 911 dispatcher on calls released in April that his automotive had run out of fuel and he had left the vehicle looking for gas. The report said Haskins died of blunt force trauma when he was hit by a dump truck after attempting to wave down vehicles on the shoulder of the highway. A second vehicle also made partial contact after it attempted to swerve around him, the report said. Authorities ruled it an accidental killing and didn’t anticipate criminal charges, in response to the report.

A lady who had been traveling with Haskins was found by authorities contained in the automotive after his death. It’s unclear how she and Haskins knew one another, in response to the report.

The Washington Commanders chosen Haskins fifteenth overall within the 2019 N.F.L. draft, after he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns in his only 12 months as a starter at Ohio State. In 2018, he finished third in Heisman Trophy voting, behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, after leading Ohio State to a 13-1 record, including a win within the Rose Bowl against Washington. He accomplished 70 percent of his passes and, at 6-foot-3, was projected to have an N.F.L. future for his accuracy as a pocket passer.

But Haskins struggled in his first two N.F.L. seasons, winning three of his 13 starts in Washington while throwing 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and was benched in favor of Alex Smith. The Commanders released him before the top of the 2020 season due to his performance, and for multiple violations of Covid-19 protocols.

The Steelers signed Haskins in January 2021 as a backup, but he didn’t play within the regular season. In March, the Steelers re-signed him as a restricted free agent, and Haskins was expected to compete for the starting job with Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky in training camp.

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