The car ran out of gas before Dwayne Haskin was killed, says Calabria

How did Dwayne die?

Dwayne Haskins was a Pittsburgh Steelers player at the time of his death. The wife of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins called Florida emergency dispatchers shortly after being shot dead by a dump truck earlier this month, saying her car ran out of gas and she was worried about why she didn’t answer calls, according to reports released on Wednesday. 

What does his wife say?

Calabria Haskins, who called from Pittsburgh and was unaware of the incident, told a Florida Highway Patrol officer on April 9 that her husband had phoned close to Fort Lauderdale to say he was going to get gas and would call her back.    

When he didn’t get a response from the former Ohio State star, he told the receptionist that she tried to call him, but he didn’t answer. “I just want someone to go to the area and see if his car is there if everything is fine with it and if anything happened to him,” he said in a broken voice. “It’s not like him” – do not call back, – he added.    

How and where did the incident take place?

In Landover, Maryland, Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, November 24, 2019. 

The Highway Patrol has received numerous calls about the incident at dawn on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. But the switchboard operator still didn’t know that the paramedics had arrived and found Haskins dead.   

He trained in Florida with his Steelers teammates. “I don’t want to panic, but I’ll be honest with you,” Calabria switchboard Haskins said. “We’ve had an accident on the freeway, but I can’t confirm if he’s your husband or not.” 

The operator then told her to “wait” while she tried to get more information. Calabria Haskins wept and prayed as she waited, but her words were unintelligible primarily. “Please, Lord, please, Lord,” he said.    

The switch then returned to the call. She told Calabria Haskins to stand by her phone and have someone call her.   

An accident report released Wednesday said witnesses told investigators that Haskins was trying to cross the highway as he entered a dump truck route. The truck crashed into a car, which also hit him. The report does not blame any of the pilots who shot down the 24-year-old Haskins.    

Haskins started at Ohio State in 2018, setting multiple senior records and being the most valuable player in both the Big Ten championship game and the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl victory over the Washington Huskies. He was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and was a member of the Steelers and the Washington Commanders. 

“My husband was more of a great football player,” Calabria Haskins said earlier this week. “He had a rainbow smile that touched the diversity of so many. He rests forever and will remain in our hearts until the end of time.”

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