A memorial service for Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is scheduled for April 22 in Pittsburgh, nearly two weeks after he was killed in a South Florida pedestrian accident.
Just after 6:30 a.m. on April 9, authorities said Haskins died when a dump truck struck him as he attempted to cross the westbound lanes of I-595 near the I-95 interchange outside of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Haskins, 24, died at the scene of the accident.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has yet to answer why Haskins was apparently attempting to cross the interstate, telling The Columbus Dispatch that its traffic homicide investigation could take nearly 90 days to complete. Until that time, authorities said they won’t release additional information about the incident.
Little else is known about this truck-on-pedestrian accident, but it doesn’t appear the truck driver was taken into custody and is yet to be accused of any negligence that may have caused the accident. It’s also unknown if Haskins’ relatives intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver or the driver’s employer.
Haskins previously quarterbacked for Ohio State and became a Heisman finalist while playing for the Buckeyes. In 2019, Haskins entered the 2019 NFL draft, forgoing his two remaining years of college football. He was picked in the first round by the Washington Redskins, but was released by the team in 2020.
Haskins signed with the Steelers on Jan. 21, 2021, and was named the third-string quarterback. Just a few weeks before the accident that ended his life, Haskins entered into a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Steelers.
The three-hour memorial service for Haskins begins at 11 a.m. at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A one-hour visitation preceding the memorial begins at 10 a.m. Haskins leaves behind his widow, Kalabrya Haskins.