Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was legally intoxicated and had used drugs before being fatally struck by a dumper last month while walking on a Florida highway, an autopsy report released Monday concluded.
The Broward County Medical Research Bureau said Haskins’ blood alcohol level was 0.20 when he was fatally struck on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just before dawn on April 9. That’s 2.5 times the 0.08 legal limit for driving in the state.
According to the University of California, Davis and other universities, a person of Haskins’ weight, 230 pounds, would have needed at least 10 drinks in the hours before his death to reach that level. He also had the strong painkiller ketamine and its metabolite norketamine in his system. The drug can be prescribed by a doctor, but it can also be abused recreationally. The report doesn’t say why the former Ohio State University star had it in his system.
The report said investigators found Haskins’s car without gasoline near where he was hit. A woman he was with told investigators Haskins, 24, was going to get fuel. Witnesses said he was trying to wave cars and was in the middle lane when he was hit by the truck and then an SUV. According to the report, he died of blunt force trauma. No charges have been filed.
The Steelers told investigators that Haskins had no mental health problems and had never made suicide threats. They said he sometimes drank heavily and sometimes took marijuana, but he was not taking any other recreational drugs. The coroner ruled that the death was an accident.
Haskins was in South Florida training with some of his Steelers teammates. According to the report, Haskins had gone out to dinner with teammates and then to a club with a friend or cousin, possibly in Miami. The two got into an argument and broke up.
Shortly before he was beaten, Haskins had called his wife Kalabrya in Pittsburgh to tell her he was out of gas. She told a 911 dispatcher she was concerned when he didn’t call back and answer her calls. She could be heard praying on the recording after the dispatcher put her on hold to see if anything had been reported. The dispatcher then told her to stay with her phone and someone would contact her.
Haskins played in Ohio in 2018, setting several school passing records and being named MVP in both the Big Ten Championship game and the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl win over the Washington Huskies.
Haskins, a 2019 NFL first-round draw pick by Washington, was released by the team after going 3-10 in two seasons. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a development QB, but he did not appear in a game last season.