Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former Ohio State standout Dwayne Haskins, 24, was intoxicated when he was hit and killed by a truck on a Florida highway in April, according to a toxicology report released by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office. County, Florida, Monday.
In two samples, Haskins had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20% and 0.24% at the time of his autopsy, according to the report, more than double the legal limit of 0.08% in Florida. Ketamine, a sedative that is also considered a recreational hallucinogen, was also found in Haskins’ system, according to the report.
Through an attorney, Haskins’ wife Kalabrya in a statement Monday asked for patience and privacy.
“In the name of Dwayne’s wife, his family and his memory, and in the name of truth, we respectfully ask and pray for privacy, patience and that the public withhold judgment during this time while the Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate and carry out their important work,” the statement read.
Haskins’ agent, Cedric Saunders, declined to comment.
Along with the findings of the police investigation, also released on Monday, the reports clarify what led to the collision, which happened around 6:37 a.m. on April 9 as Haskins attempted to cross a busy stretch of the highway on foot. ‘Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale.
Haskins had been drinking “heavily” at a club the night before his death, according to the report, and a Steelers official told the medical examiner’s office that Haskins went to dinner that night and later at a nightclub with a friend or cousin. The two later separated after falling out, according to the report. Haskins had been training in South Florida with his teammates throughout the week.
Kalabrya Haskins told a 911 dispatcher in calls released in April that his car had run out of fuel and he had left the vehicle in search of gas. The report says Haskins died from blunt force trauma when he was hit by a dump truck after trying to wave to vehicles on the shoulder of the highway. A second vehicle also made partial contact after trying to drive around it, according to the report. Authorities ruled it an accidental murder and did not expect criminal charges, according to the report.
A woman who was traveling with Haskins was found by authorities inside the car after her death. It’s unclear how she and Haskins knew each other, according to the report.
Washington Commanders selected Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, after throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns in his only year as a starter at Ohio State. In 2018, he finished third in Heisman Trophy voting, behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, after leading Ohio State to a 13-1 record, including a win. in the Rose Bowl against Washington. He completed 70% of his passes and, at 6-foot-3, was expected to have a future in the NFL for his accuracy as a pocket passer.
But Haskins struggled in his first two NFL seasons, winning three of his 13 starts in Washington while throwing 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and was benched in favor of Alex Smith. The Commanders released him before the end of the 2020 season due to his performance, and for multiple violations of Covid-19 protocols.
The Steelers signed Haskins in January 2021 as a backup, but he didn’t play in the regular season. In March, the Steelers re-signed him as a restricted free agent, and Haskins was expected to compete for the starting job with Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky in training camp.