Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was legally intoxicated with alcohol and had drugs in his system when he was struck and killed on a Florida interstate in April, according to a medical examiner’s report released to the Miami Herald on Monday.
The Broward County medical examiner’s report established Haskins’ cause of death as blunt-force trauma and ruled his death an accident.
As part of the autopsy, Haskins’ blood-alcohol level was tested at .20, well above the Florida limited for driving, which is .08. He also tested positive for ketamine and norketamine, anesthetic medications that are sometimes used recreationally.
Haskins was driving on Interstate 595 near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on the morning of April 9, when he left his vehicle and attempted to cross the highway on foot.
“He had to go walk and get gas and he said he was returning to the car on the highway,” Haskins’ widow, Kalabrya Haskins said on a 911 recording. “We were on the phone. He said he was going to call me back after he finished putting the gas in. I kept calling and kept calling and he didn’t answer.”
A preliminary accident report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol on April 20 established that Haskins was “improperly in the roadway.” Haskins was attempting to cross the interstate when he was hit by a dump truck in the center lane. He was also struck by a second vehicle. The drivers of both vehicles cooperated with the police investigation.
The medical examiner’s report said that there was a female companion of Haskins’ inside his vehicle that was uninjured. The woman was not identified and her relationship with Haskins was not established. The examiner’s report did establish that Haskins had been drinking at a club the night before the incident.
Haskins was in Florida training with several teammates, including new quarterback Mitch Trubisky, at the time of the accident. The Steelers and Kalabrya Haskins held a memorial service in Pittsburgh on April 22, which was attended by dozens of Haskins’ coaches, teammates, and Steelers executives.