Dwayne Haskins 911 Tapes Reveal He Was Walking To Get Gas When Struck On South Florida Highway

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Dwayne Haskins last moments are beginning to be more apparent. According to reports, a pair of 911 calls revealed that Haskins was walking to get gas when he was hit by the dump truck.

One of the calls was from Kalabrya Haskins, his wife, and another from someone who saw the incident from the I-595 highway not far from Fort Lauderdale in South Florida.

“I just want somebody to go to the area and see if his car is there, and if he’s OK and if anything happened to him,” Haskins wife says to the 911 dispatcher.

The 911 Tapes

Kalabrya Haskins explained to the dispatcher that her husband ran out of gas and walked the highway to get some. However, later the dispatcher alerted her that there was an incident on I-595 where she said her husband was walking.

A distressed Kalabyra asks the dispatcher if she has a description of the man, but the updates become scarier.

The Calls

In the first call, the female caller yells repeatedly for Haskins to “get out of the road,” then later, she tells the dispatcher she saw a man get hit on the interstate.

“I was traveling the road, and I saw a dump truck hit a man,” she recounted while crying.

When Kalabrya was told in the second 911 call that there had been “an incident” in the area she reported Haskins was walking, the dispatcher followed that up by delivering an ominous update.

“We have units in route right now,” the dispatcher said. “I think rescue just got on scene. Hang tight.”
“Rescue … you said rescue?” Kalabrya says, her voice breaking.

The call cuts off after that.

Gone Too Soon

It was first reported that Haskins was in South Florida to train with his Steelers teammates.

In 2019, Haskins signed a reported $14.37 million deal with the team now known as the Washington Commanders after a stellar career at Ohio State. He won the Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his performance in a Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions.

However, in 2020 after a few issues, he was released by the Commanders during the season. The Steelers then picked him up in January of 2021, where he was inactive for all but one game.

The Comeback

His talent showed even amid the retirement season of Ben Rothlisberger and in one season erased the stigma from prior inactivity. Haskins was preparing to eventually compete against newly signed Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for the lead QB slot.

“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Commanders coach Ron Rivera said in a statement.
“This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed. Our entire team is sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”

A Man Remembered

His death sent shock waves through the NFL. Both of his coaches, Ron Rivera of the Commanders and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers, released statements following his passing.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement.
“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. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.