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Dwayne Haskins death: Steelers quarterback had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he was fatally shot, report says


Haskins, 24, was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on the morning of April 9 when he was fatally shot, CNN previously reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol told the medical examiner that Haskins ran out of gas on the side of I-595 and left his vehicle on foot around 6:15 a.m. to get gas, the report said.

Around 6:30 a.m., witnesses began calling 911 to report a pedestrian walking in the traffic lanes, the report said. The dump truck driver told authorities he was driving in the dark when Haskins appeared in the center lane of the freeway and the driver hit him.

According to the report, Haskins’ blood alcohol level was 0.20 at the time of his death, which is 2.5 times the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida.

His cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt injuries, the report said.

An investigator also spoke with the Steelers chief of security who said Haskins practiced with his teammates all day and then went to dinner with the team, according to the report. After dinner, the head of security said Haskins and a friend went to a club where “they had been drinking heavily.”

“In the name of Dwayne’s wife, family and memory, and in the name of truth, we respectfully ask and pray for privacy, patience and that the public withhold judgment during this time as the Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate and carry out their important work,” said a statement released on behalf of Haskins’ wife, Kalabrya Haskins, by attorney Rick Ellsley.

The Steelers told CNN Monday night they are aware of the medical report but have no further comment at this time.

Prior to his death, Haskins was about to enter his fourth year with the NFL after re-signing with the Steelers for a year.

The third-string quarterback rose to prominence at Ohio State, where he set OSU and Big Ten Conference records as the second redshirt in 2018. He finished third in voting for this season’s Heisman Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding player in college football.

Haskins was selected by Washington in the 2019 NFL Draft and was released by the team in December 2020 near the end of his sophomore season.

He was later picked up by the Steelers in January 2021, despite never appearing in a regular season game for the team.

The player’s sudden death prompted statements of shock and devastation across the league.

“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 released by the team following his death.

“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,” Tomlin said. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a great friend to so many people. I’m truly heartbroken.”

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