Remembering Dwayne Haskins: Service in Rockaway Township honors Middlesex native
Dwayne Haskins, a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and native of Middlesex County, was remembered during a service Saturday in Rockaway Township.
The 24-year-old was killed on a South Florida highway on April 9. His wife called Florida 911 dispatchers shortly after he was fatally struck by a dump truck, saying his car had run out of gas and she was worried because he wasn't answering the phone, according to recordings released this week.
Kalabrya Haskins, who was calling from Pittsburgh and unaware of the accident, told a Florida Highway Patrol dispatcher her 24-year-old husband had called from near Fort Lauderdale to say he was walking to get gas and would call her back. When the former Ohio State star didn't, she told the dispatcher she tried to call him but he wasn't answering.
The highway patrol had already received numerous panicked calls about the accident that happened about dawn on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. But the dispatcher did not appear to know yet that paramedics had arrived and found Haskins dead. He had been in South Florida training with Steelers teammates.
"I don’t want you to panic, but I am going to be honest with you,” the dispatcher told Kalabrya Haskins. “We do have an incident on the highway, but I can’t confirm if that’s your husband or not.”
The accident report released Wednesday says witnesses told investigators Haskins was trying to cross the highway when he went into the path of the dump truck. The truck knocked him into the path of a car, which also struck him.
Haskins starred at Ohio State in 2018, setting several school passing records and being named the MVP in both the Big Ten Championship game and in the Buckeyes' Rose Bowl win over the Washington Huskies.
AP Wire Services contributed to this report