‘He had to go walking to get gas’: 911 calls capture panic after NFL player died

Through tears, a woman told a 911 dispatcher she had just seen a man die on Interstate 595 in Broward County. Authorities later identified him as Dwayne Haskins, a 24-year-old quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Haskins was attempting to cross I-595′s westbound lanes when he died at about 6:30 a.m., on April 9, near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

“Oh my God! Oh my God! What the [expletive] is wrong with you? Get the [expletive] out of the road … Oh my God … I am in the middle of 95 … There was a man hit in front of me. I was traveling on the road and I saw a dump truck hit the man … I am on the side of the road … and he is in the middle of the road.”

The audio of the 911 call shows the witness’s anger and panic turned into shock and anguish. Another 911 call on that Saturday morning was from Haskins’ wife, Kalabrya Haskins, who was in Pittsburgh, TMZ Sports reported.

“My husband is stuck on the side of the highway … He had to go walking to get gas … We were on the phone. He said he was going to call me back … and I kept calling and kept calling and he wouldn’t answer,” she said.

The 911 dispatcher later said, “I don’t want you to panic but I am going to be honest with you. We do have an incident on the highway, but I can’t confirm if that is your husband or not … We have units en route right now. I think rescue just got on scene. Hang tight.”

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April 11 report

Ryan Day, the Ohio State University football coach, discussed the sudden death in Broward County of the team’s former star quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

April 10 report

Investigators are trying to figure out how 24-year-old NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins died on Saturday morning on Interstate 595 in Broward County.

April 9 report

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Haskins was walking on a limited access facility (highway/expressway) for unknown reasons.

April 9 report

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal vehicle and pedestrian crash on westbound I-595 at I-95. Read More


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