Dwayne Haskins: Lawsuit by family claims NFL quarterback was drugged and robbed before he was killed
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA: Dwayne Haskins who was killed on a South Florida highway after he was struck by a dump truck was "targeted and drugged" in a "blackmail and robbery" attempt before his death. According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the NFL quarterback's parents and his wife, Kalabrya, four of the defendants allegedly drugged him "to blackmail and rob him causing him and/or contributing to cause him severe injury and death." However, details about the accusations have not been detailed in the lawsuit.
Oriel Patino, the dump truck driver was "driving carelessly," and "failed to maintain" the truck's tires and brakes, as per the lawsuit which did not claim whether Patino was involved in drugging or robbing the 24-year-old player, reported NY Post.
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On April 9, 2022, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who was crossing I-595 West situated near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport was struck by the dump truck and died of blunt force trauma. Haskin's blood alcohol content samples determined triple the legal limit of 0.8 in Florida as the results showed a .20 and .24, according to medical examiners. He also tested positive for drugs namely ketamine and norketamine that are used either medically or recreationally.
Police were told by a member of the Steelers that after Haskin's training with teammates, he and his cousin went to dinner and then to a club. "They drank heavily and at some point, they got into a fight, separating," according to the ME report.
The lawsuit filed by Ellsley Law Firm's Rick Ellsley stated, "As to what occurred in the hours before Dwayne was killed, many questions remain unanswered," and added, "It is believed that Dwayne was targeted and drugged as part of a blackmail and robbery conspiracy. In fact, his highly-expensive watch was stolen from him shortly before his death."
Patino 'failed to avoid hitting' Haskins
As per the 911 call which was released in April 2022, Kalabrya said that Haskin's vehicle ran out of gas. According to a medical examiner's report, a "female companion" who was inside the car parked on the side of the highway also explained to the Florida Highway Patrol that the quarterback was looking for gas, reported New York Post.
The dump truck driver "failed to avoid hitting the Plaintiff who was visible and avoidable had Defendant operated his dump truck with reasonable care. Many questions remain as to why the truck driver did not avoid hitting Dwayne given the highly visible activity in the area before the impact and the fact that the other drivers did not hit Dwayne," said Ellsley.
"The truck driver’s cell phone records have not yet been disclosed. The report also notes that the driver refused to provide a blood sample to the police at the scene and still has not provided the alcohol test results," added Ellsley.