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PITTSBURGH – Dwayne Haskins’ wife told a 911 dispatcher that the quarterback went to pick up gas the morning he was hit and killed by a dump truck on a Florida freeway, revealed audio released by the Broward County Sheriff’s office Wednesday.
Kalabrya Haskins told the 911 sender that her husband called her in the early 9s. April and told her that he was going to get out of his vehicle to pick up petrol and that he would call her back when he returned to the car. When she did not hear back, she called 911 and asked to have him checked.
Haskins, who was in Florida that weekend to train with the Pittsburgh Steelers teammates, was hit and killed by a dumpster on Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
In the 911 call, the sender told Haskins’ wife that there was a report of an accident near where she said her husband got out of his car, but she could not confirm if he was involved. The sound, released Wednesday, also included calls from witnesses who said they saw the dumper hit a man.
A final accident report released by the Florida Highway Patrol said Haskins was walking on the westbound side of I-595 as he entered the lanes and into the path of the dumpster, which was driving in the middle lane. The front left side of the dumper hit Haskins.
The report concluded that Haskins was wrong on the roadway and the driver of the dump truck was not found to have taken any actions that contributed to the accident, based on the verdict of the investigating officer. Haskins was also hit by another car driving next to the dumper, which took evasive maneuvers to avoid him, but which partially hit him on its right undercarriage, according to the report.
A third vehicle may also have been involved, the report said, based on a witness report. Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene by Captain Rod Watkins of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department at 6:48 p.m. He was 24.
The accident is still under investigation.
The first of three Haskins memorial services will take place in Pittsburgh on Friday at 11 in Allegheny Center Alliance Church. There will also be a worship service Saturday at noon at Christ Church in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, and at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, on Sunday.
“My husband was more than a great football player,” Kalabrya Haskins said in a statement earlier this week. “He had the smile of a rainbow that touched the diversity of so many. He will rest forever and remain in our hearts until the end of time.”