Dwayne Haskins death: Florida Highway Patrol investigation could take months
MIAMI, April 12 (UPI) — The Florida Highway Patrol has launched what could be a 90-day traffic homicide investigation into the road death last weekend of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. the police at UPI.
FHP Indiana Miranda Lt. said no additional information about the incident will be released until the investigation is complete, and that a 90-day timeline is standard for the scope of the investigation, which involves evidence collection, interviews and transcription.
She noted that investigators are working on multiple cases simultaneously, which increases the time needed to conclude the investigation.
A spokesperson for the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday the office is awaiting a toxicology report as part of a separate investigation into the cause of death.
Haskins, 24, was killed Saturday morning when he was hit by a dump truck while walking on a freeway near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The FHP said earlier that Haskins attempted to walk westbound across Interstate 595 “for unknown reasons.” Moments later, he was hit by the truck. Florida law does not allow pedestrians on Interstate freeways for safety reasons.
The day before his death, Haskins participated in a practice session with several Steelers teammates in Boca Raton, Florida.
Dozens of tributes to the young quarterback have appeared on social media and at press conferences across the sports world.
Ohio State, for which Haskins played from 2016 to 2018, announced Monday that it will honor the former Buckeyes star during its spring game Saturday in Columbus. The game will air at noon EDT on Big Ten Network.
“There’s a good group of our guys that played with Dwayne and they’re hurting,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day told reporters. “It was a tough weekend for all of us.
“It’s hard to understand that when it happens to a young person and someone who had such a big heart.”
Haskins totaled school records in a season completing 70% of his throws for 4,831 yards and a 50-for-8 touchdown ratio as the second redshirt for the Buckeyes in 2018.
The Buckeyes defeated Washington in the Rose Bowl, Haskins’ final college game. He finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy that season.
Haskins entered the NFL as a first-round pick by Washington in 2019. He spent two seasons with the NFC East franchise and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021.
Haskins attended Bullis School in Potomac, Md., from 2013 to 2016. A school spokesperson told UPI on Tuesday that the high school held a Monday morning assembly attended by Haskins’ family.
Haskins’ funeral arrangements have not been announced.