SJ - April 12, 2022
An eyewitness recalls seeing Dwayne Haskins attempting to cross the highway minutes before being struck and killed by a dump truck. Chris Stanley says he had just dropped his daughter off at the airport when he passed the Steelers quarterback already part of the way into the right lane of traffic.
Concerned about the man's safety, Stanley says he called police. He placed his call just minutes before Haskins was struck and killed by a dump truck.
From NBC Miami:
“I was dropping off my daughter to an airline at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in the morning,” said Chris Stanley.
Stanley said he was on the way home after leaving the airport, and heading towards the off-ramp to Interstate 95 north when he 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,” said Stanley. “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."
Stanley said he saw the man's arms raised up a little bit as he appeared to be drifting into the major 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 was so concerned that he dialed 911 and shared a screenshot of his call log with NBC 6 with a call to 911 at 6:31 a.m. — six minutes before Florida Highway Patrol officials said the crash was reported at 6:37 a.m.
Barring some sort of communication from Haskins, a phone call or text, prior to his untimely death we might never know why he was attempting to cross the highway.
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