Kalabrya Haskins, Dwayne Haskins’ widow and personal estate representative, reached a combined settlement Friday with the truck driver, the truck owner and the truck broker named in a lawsuit filed in April over the former NFL quarterback’s death, according to Broward County, Fla., circuit court documents.
Haskins died in April 2022 at the age of 24 after he was hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed. The fatal crash was reported at 6:37 a.m. on I-595 Westbound between I-95 North and South in Broward County, Fla. Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.
The lawsuit — filed against several defendants — alleges the former Steelers quarterback was the focus of a “blackmail and robbery conspiracy,” according to court documents. The suit alleged that Haskins was drugged and named the Boca Raton Hotel Group, Drive Shack Palm Beach, Blue Anchor Pub and E11Even Miami as defendants, claiming they were negligent “by allowing patrons to use drugs and to drug other patrons.”
The driver of the dump truck that hit Haskins was accused in the suit of negligence in Haskins’ death. Also named were the owners of the truck, Pedro Senecio Diaz and Sorrel Enterprises, Inc.
“Settlements with various other parties have been previously secured,” said Rick Ellsley of The Ellsley Law Firm on behalf of Kalabrya Haskins. “The case continues to proceed in Broward County Circuit Court against multiple other defendants.”
Haskins, who was drafted by Washington, played in nine games in 2019 and seven in 2020, throwing 2,804 yards for 12 total touchdowns. Haskins signed with the Steelers in January 2021 to back up Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph but did not play. He signed a one-year restricted free-agent tender that March to remain with the Steelers. Hundreds attended his memorial service in Pittsburgh.
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