The morning NFL star Dwayne Haskins was fatally hit by a dump truck, his wife told a 911 operator that her husband was walking to get gas and wouldn’t pick up the phone, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
When Kalabrya Haskins described her concern for her husband and what she knew of his location, the operator explained that there had been an incident on the highway.
“I don’t want you to panic, but I will be honest with you,” the operator said, indicating that it could not be immediately confirmed if he had been involved.
Eventually, authorities will identify the man killed in the April 9 crash as 24-year-old Dwayne Haskins.
The Steelers quarterback had walked on Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale before being hit by a dump truck in the center lane, according to an accident report released this week. The driver of another car “carried out evasive maneuvers by turning left”, but the right tires of the vehicle hit the footballer. A witness told investigators that a third vehicle may also have been involved.
A series of 911 calls that morning described the chilling scene to operators.
“There was a beaten man in front of me,” said a caller. “I was traveling on the road and saw a dump truck hit the man.”
Another caller said there was “blood everywhere”.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and final traffic homicide investigation report – which usually takes about 90 days to complete — is still ongoing, Lt. Indiana Miranda told NPR in an email.
On Friday, coaches, family and friends of Haskins gathered for a memorial service at the Allegheny Alliance Church in Pittsburgh.
“I want to thank everyone for their continued outpouring of kindness and love for my husband during this extremely difficult time,” Kalabrya Haskins wrote on the Steelers website.