FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ( Associated Press) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was legally intoxicated and had taken drugs before being hit by a dump truck. An autopsy report released on Monday concluded, while walking down the Florida Interstate Highway last month.
The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office said Haskins had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 when he was fatally killed on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just before dawn on April 9. This is 2.5 times the 0.08 legal limit for driving in the state.
According to the University of California, Davis and other universities, someone weighing Haskins, 230 pounds (104 kg), would need at least 10 drinks a few hours before their death to reach that level. He also had the strong pain reliever ketamine and its metabolite norketamine in his system. The drug can be prescribed by a doctor, but it can also be misused recreationally. The report did not explain why the former Ohio State University star had it in its system.
The report said investigators found Haskins’ car out of gas where he was killed. A woman he was with told investigators that 24-year-old Haskins had gone to get fuel. Witnesses said he was trying to knock down the cars and was standing in the middle of the street when he was hit by a truck and an SUV. The report said that 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 threatened suicide. He said he was a heavy drinker and occasionally used marijuana, but was not known to have used any other recreational drugs. The medical examiner termed the death as an accident.
Haskins was training with some of his Steelers teammates in South Florida. The report said Haskins went out to dinner with teammates and then went to a club with a friend or cousin, possibly in Miami. The two got into an argument and parted ways.
Haskins was back in Pittsburgh on the phone with his wife, Calabria, before he was killed, telling her he had run out of gas. She told a 911 dispatcher that she was worried when she didn’t call back and wasn’t answering his calls. She could be heard praying on the recording when the dispatcher stopped her to find out if anything had been reported. The dispatcher then asked him to be on his phone and someone would contact him.
Haskins starred at Ohio State in 2018, setting multiple school passing records and being named MVP over the Washington Huskies in both the Big Ten Championship Game and Buckeye’s Rose Bowl.,
Washington’s 2019 first-round NFL draft pick, Haskins was released by the team after leading 3-10 in two seasons. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a developmental QB, but he did not appear in a game last season.