Man saw former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins walking on Florida highway before crash

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

Two days after former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins died after being hit by a truck on a highway in South Florida, circumstances surrounding the accident remained unclear.

The agency investigating the crash said Monday that it will not release further information until it closes the case and declined to answer further questions about Haskins’ death.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said in a statement that traffic homicide investigations take approximately 90 days before completion. A report is then to be made available.

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Haskins died early Saturday morning after he was trying to cross westbound lanes by foot on Interstate 595 near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was hit by the truck, the agency said. He died at the scene.

The agency said previously that the reasons for Haskins’ attempt to cross the highway were unknown.

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Local resident Chris Stanley told NBC’s affiliate station in Miami on Sunday that he believes he saw Haskins on the highway before the accident.  

Stanley said he was on the way home from the airport and noticed vehicles veering into his lane.

“And what I noticed was a Mack truck, or a big tractor-trailer, with also another vehicle that started moving a little bit to the left,” he said. “I was in the left lane and then there was the right lane. And then I noticed an individual there starting to make their way onto the road."

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Stanley said he saw the man's arms raised as he appeared to be drifting into the highway.

“He was about halfway, to a quarter way in the right lane, already onto the highway and I was already concerned that somebody was going to strike him right there at that moment," he said.

Stanley said he called 911 at 6:31 a.m., six minutes before police said the crash was reported at 6:37 a.m.

Stanley said he did not notice a vehicle that may have belonged to Haskins.

“I did not see any vehicle nearby,” said Stanley. “I was more concerned with him because he was already making his way onto the road system."

Stanley said he could not tell why Haskins was on the highway.

 “That's why it's just very disturbing," he said. "I just didn't understand the situation.”

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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