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Dwayne Haskins, former Washington quarterback, dies at 24

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Dwayne Haskins, the former Ohio State quarterback who was a first-round pick by Washington in 2019 and now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday morning. He was 24.

Haskins was struck by a dump truck in Broward County, Fla., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was in the Boca Raton area training with other Pittsburgh players, according to teammates' social media accounts. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and the Washington Commanders confirmed the news. 

Haskins was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of I-595, a highway in Broward County, when struck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash was reported at 6:37 a.m. Haskins was pronounced dead on the scene. It remains unclear how or why he ended up on the highway, but FHP said a traffic homicide investigation is ongoing. 

The former Ohio State standout joined Washington in 2019 when the organization selected him 15th overall in the NFL Draft. He started 13 games for the club across two seasons before being released in December 2020. Haskins signed with the Steelers a month later.

"Dwayne was a young man of great intellect who cared deeply about his loved ones & the world," Washington Commanders team president Jason Wright wrote in a tweet. "Praying for his wife, parents & all who knew him as we grieve the loss of the man & the impact he was poised to have on society with his unique gifts. May grace cover the sting of death."

 

Haskins was born in Highland Park, N.J. and played high school football at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.

Bullis head coach Pat Cilento spoke about his reaction to news of his death with Shomari Stone, of CNBC's The News with Shepard Smith.

"My first reaction once I received the text message [was that] I didn't believe it," Cilento said. "I'm still in shock, still surreal to me, you know, I was just devastated.... He was always a great leader, always had an infectious smile, wanted everybody around him to succeed, was a very family-oriented young man."

The school also expressed condolences to Haskins' family in a statement.

"Here at Bullis we also knew him as an honorable, smart, and family-oriented young man who graduated from college in three years. His loss will be felt deeply by so many people," school leader Christian G. Sullivan said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.