The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State, Dwayne Haskins, was struck and killed by a dump truck in South Florida on Saturday morning while attempting to cross a highway on foot, according to police.
In March, Haskins re-signed with the Steelers after serving as a reserve quarterback last season. He was 24 years old.
In Broward County, near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Haskins was killed by a dump truck while attempting to cross Interstate 595’s westbound lanes. The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m., according to the patrol.
He had been “walking on (the highway) for unknown reasons,” the patrol said in a news release.
The circumstances surrounding the incident were not immediately known. Haskins was in South Florida recently working out with some Steelers team members, as evidenced by Instagram stories from Haskins and Steelers running back Najee Harris.
The news of Haskins’ death elicited outpourings of grief from across the league and beyond.
In the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington selected Haskins with the 15th overall pick. Haskins appeared in 16 games for Washington over two seasons, starting 13 of them, before being released in December 2020, near the end of his second season.
He was signed by the Steelers in January 2021, but he never played in a regular-season game for them.