Chris Stanley told NBC 6 South Florida that he was dropping off his daughter at Fort Lauderdale Airport and on his way home when he believes he saw several vehicles veer into his lane as he drove toward the off-ramp on Interstate 95 North.
“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,” Stanley said. “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 a man he believes to be Haskins raise his arms 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," Stanley said.
Stanley said he was concerned and called 911 -- showing a screenshot of his call log to NBC 6 listing a call at 6:31 a.m. -- just minutes before Florida Highway Patrol officials responded to the crash involving Haskins at 6:37 a.m.
Stanley said he didn't see a vehicle traveling westbound on I-595 or conclusions as to what the person he believes to be Haskins was attempting to do.
“That's why it's just very disturbing. I just didn't understand the situation," Stanley said.
ESPN's Adam Schefter initially reported Haskins, a decorated collegiate quarterback at Ohio State and former first-round pick, was reportedly "hit by a car in South Florida," his agent, Cedric Saunders, confirmed.
Schefter said Haskins "was training in South Florida with other Steelers" quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers "when he got hit by a vehicle."
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert -- who recently announced his decision to step down from his position after the 2022 NFL Draft -- confirmed the Steelers' plans tender Haskins prior to his scheduled restricted free agency at the beginning of the offseason and prior to the team bringing in Mitchell Trubisky.
Haskins was cut by the now-Washington Commanders after being demoted for the second time during the 2020 season in December 2020, 20 months after the franchise selected the former Ohio State standout at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The former Ohio State standout signed with the Steelers in December 2020 and said he was looking to prove his love of football in 2021, playing behind veteran starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who praised the backup for having one of the "prettiest" throwing mechanics he's ever seen.
“I was just telling [new Steelers quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan] the other day that his release and throwing motion mechanics are some of the prettiest I have ever seen,” Roethlisberger said of Haskins during offseason workouts via TribLIVE. “I told him I wish I had that. I joked that he could throw it through a car wash, and it wouldn’t get wet.”