PITTSBURGH (WKBN) — Former Ohio State standout and Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has died in a car accident according to his agent.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news via social media.
According to the Associated Press, Haskins was killed early Saturday morning when he was hit by a dump truck while he was walking on a South Florida highway. Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda told the Associated Press Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic,” Miranda said in an emailed statement.
Miranda didn’t say why Haskins was on the highway at the time. The accident caused the highway to be shut down for several hours, and Miranda said it’s “an open traffic homicide investigation.”
Haskins joined the Steelers as a free agent in 2021 and spent a season with Pittsburgh.
In his lone season as a starter at Ohio State, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdown passes. For his career as a Buckeye, Haskins threw for 54 career touchdowns.
Haskins was just 24 years old.
I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins. 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. l am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to process. 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.Ohio State coach Ryan Day
Ben Roethlisberger also released the following statement Saturday:
“I only had the privilege to know D-Hask for a short time, but in that time I got to meet a young man that didn’t seem to ever have a bad day. He came to work everyday with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really enjoyed his passion and love for the game and wanting to learn and be the best. His smile and zeal for life will be missed!Ben Roethlisberger