FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The household of deceased Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has filed a lawsuit in opposition to a number of individuals, companies and the state of Florida, claiming he was drugged, robbed and extorted earlier than he was fatally struck whereas standing drunk on a freeway after operating out of gasoline.
The lawsuit, filed lately in Fort Lauderdale, alleges the previous Ohio State star was drugged and robbed by a person and three girls within the hours earlier than the April 9, 2022, accident. They are saying it occurred at a Boca Raton lodge, at an upscale golf driving vary, a bar and a nightclub. The lawsuit doesn’t give any specifics. Haskins, 24, had been in South Florida for offseason exercises with Steelers teammates when the accident occurred.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of his widow and fogeys, additionally names the driving force and proprietor of the dump truck that struck him, saying it was exceeding the pace restrict, had worn tires and brakes and was overloaded.
It says the pickup truck Haskins had rented had a mechanical defect that prompted it to expire of gasoline. The household additionally alleges that the state freeway division didn’t correctly keep and lightweight the street, or submit a decrease pace restrict whereas development work was being carried out. They are saying a short lived signal blocked visibility on the freeway.
Household legal professional Rick Ellsley mentioned in an announcement that the lawsuit will enable him to subpoena paperwork and query those that have been with Haskins as a part of “the method of uncovering the whole fact about this tragedy.”
“As to what occurred within the hours earlier than Dwayne was killed, many questions stay unanswered. It’s believed that Dwayne was focused and drugged as a part of a blackmail and theft conspiracy. In reality, his highly-expensive watch was stolen from him shortly earlier than his dying,” Ellsley mentioned in an announcement. He declined to reply particular questions concerning the lawsuit’s allegations.
The Related Press just isn’t naming the people and companies Haskins’ household are suing as a result of no prison fees have been filed in opposition to any of them and there may be nothing but filed in court docket substantiating any of the claims.
Based on a dying report issued in Might by the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Workplace, a girl Haskins was with instructed investigators that they had run out of gasoline on Interstate 595 close to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport shortly earlier than daybreak. She mentioned he went out in the dead of night to get extra gas.
Witnesses instructed the Florida Freeway Patrol that Haskins was making an attempt to wave down vehicles and standing within the middle lane when he was hit by the truck after which an SUV. The report mentioned he died of blunt power trauma.
Haskins’ blood-alcohol content material was 0.20, in keeping with his post-mortem. That’s 2.5 instances the 0.08 authorized restrict for driving within the state.
Based on the College of California, Davis, and different universities, somebody of Haskins’ weight, 230 kilos (104 kilograms), would have wanted not less than 10 drinks within the hours earlier than his dying to succeed in that stage. He additionally had the sturdy painkiller ketamine and its metabolite norketamine in his system. The drug may be prescribed by a health care provider, however may also be abused recreationally. The report didn’t say whether or not the drug had been prescribed.
Haskins starred at Ohio State in 2018, setting a number of faculty passing information and being named the MVP in each the Large Ten Championship sport and within the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl win over the Washington Huskies.
A 2019 first-round NFL draft choose by Washington, Haskins was launched by the workforce after going 3-10 over two seasons. He was signed for the 2021 season by Pittsburgh as a backup quarterback, however he didn’t seem in a sport.