Haskins' estate, which reached a "partial settlement," alleges that the Steelers player "was drugged, robbed, and extorted before he was fatally struck while standing drunk on a highway after running out of gas," per the AP. Toxicology reports indicate that Haskins' blood alcohol levels were .20 and .24. The legal limit in Florida is .08. Haskins died on Interstate 595 while attempting to flag down help after the vehicle he rented ran out of gas, according to a May 2022 report from the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office.
Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that the "driver of the truck was speeding, driving carelessly and had a cargo load exceeding the legal weight limit," AP reports. Haskins' family also claims that the truck that the NFL player rented "had a mechanical defect that caused it to run out of gas. "
The estate claims that a man and three women were involved in the drugging and robbing of the 24-year-old shortly before he died. The incident, according to the estate, occurred at several locations, including a hotel in Boca Raton, Florida, a bar, nightclub, and golf driving range.
Claims of Haskins being "targeted and drugged as part of a blackmail and robbery conspiracy" were also reported on in April of 2023.
“The Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Report shows that Dwayne was only feet away from making it safely across the roadway when he was struck and killed by an old dump truck,” the lawsuit alleges, per a previous report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “This truck was going faster than the speed limit, carrying excessive cargo, had brake system problems, and was traveling on low tread tires with separated sidewalls.”
The lawsuit was filed against the driver of the truck as well as the vehicle's owner and broker.
According to Rick Ellsley, the lawyer that is representing Haskins' family, there are an additional ten defendants. Settlements with other parties have already been reached.
Haskins played for Ohio State while in college and was drafted by the Commanders before signing with the Steelers.