A lawsuit filed a 12 months after Dwayne Haskins’ premature dying on April 9, 2022, alleged that the previous Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was “focused and drugged” earlier than being fatally struck on a Florida freeway as part of a “blackmail and theft conspiracy,” an legal professional representing the Haskins household mentioned in a press release Monday.
The lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, final month reportedly named 14 defendants within the go well with, together with the motive force of the dump truck that struck Haskins as he tried to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 on foot within the early morning hours of April 9, 2022.
“Many questions stay as to why the truck driver didn’t keep away from hitting Dwayne given the extremely seen exercise within the space earlier than the influence and the truth that the opposite drivers didn’t hit Dwayne,” legal professional Rick Ellsley mentioned in a press release.
“The truck driver’s cellular phone information haven’t but been disclosed. The [Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Report] additionally notes that the motive force refused to offer a blood pattern to the police on the scene and nonetheless has not supplied the alcohol check outcomes.”
Ellsley’s assertion additionally cites driving over the velocity restrict, extreme cargo, and points with the automobile as contributing components in Haskins’ dying.
Haskins, who died simply weeks earlier than his twenty fifth birthday, had a blood alcohol content material of .20 on the time of his dying – practically 2.5 occasions the authorized restrict for driving in the state of Florida, in accordance with the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Workplace.
The report additionally famous traces of ketamine and norketamine in his system, painkillers which might be prescribed by a physician however have been recognized for use recreationally.
However Haskins’ legal professional alleged foul play main as much as his dying.
“As to what occurred within the hours earlier than Dwayne was killed, many questions stay. 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.”
In line with ESPN, Haskins’ spouse is called because the plaintiff within the civil case. No costs have been filed.