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New details have emerged in the tragic death of 24-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
In the early morning of April 9, Haskins was struck by a dump truck on Interstate 595 in South Florida, killing the quarterback. At the time of the initial reporting, the reason for Haskins walking on the interstate was unknown. On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Haskins’ wife had called 911 the morning of his death, telling the dispatcher that Haskins had called her after running out of gas on the interstate.
“He said he was going to call me back after he finished putting the gas in,” Kalabrya Haskins told the 911 dispatcher. Kalabrya called 911 after Haskins did not call her back.
“I kept calling and kept calling,” Kalabyra told the dispatch officer. “He wasn’t answering. Eventually, after 10 minutes of calling the phone, eventually it cut off. It’s not working now. I had his location. I just want somebody to go in the area and see if his car is there and if he’s OK and if anything happened to him.”
On the call, the dispatch officer informed Kalabrya that there was an “incident on the highway.”
“I don’t want you to panic, but I’m going to be honest with you,” the dispatcher said. “We do have an incident on the highway — but I can’t confirm if that’s your husband or not.”
Haskins died from his injuries at the scene of the accident. Also on Wednesday, TMZ reported that Haskins was actually struck by two vehicles on the night of his death.
Haskins was drafted by the now-Washington Commanders in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft after a standout 2018 season at Ohio State. He struggled in his first two NFL seasons, starting just 13 games for Washington. Haskins signed with the Steelers prior to the 2021 season.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “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. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time,” the statement continued.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who coached Haskins in college, put out a statement on Twitter following the news.
“The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to process,” Day said. “For those who knew him closely, he was much more than a great football player. He had a giant heart, old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and our entire football program are heartbroken.”
Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers, and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to [email protected].