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Ex-Raiders Player Henry Ruggs III Might Face More Charges In Car Wreck, Officials Say
Henry Ruggs III is facing more charges connected to the fatal car wreck that claimed the life of 23-year-old Tina O. Tintor, Clark County prosecutors say.
Henry Ruggs III, the former Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver who stands accused of killing a 23-year-old woman in an alcohol-related car collision last week, may face more charges, prosecutors said.
The 22-year-old was previously facing DUI resulting in death charges in relation to the fatal car crash that happened on Nov. 2.
Prosecutors say they plan to file a series of additional charges, a spokesperson for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office confirmed with Oxygen.com on Monday. Ruggs is now expected to be charged with felony reckless driving resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm, felony reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily harm, and misdemeanor possession of firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
On Nov. 2, Ruggs, who was driving a green 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, slammed into Tina O. Tintor’s Toyota Rav4 at a “high rate of speed,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. She was trapped inside the vehicle when it caught fire. Emergency rescue crews pronounced her dead at the scene.
Prosecutors previously said Ruggs was traveling 156 miles per hour — and had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.
Ruggs was taken to an area hospital and was later taken into police custody.
Ruggs’ longtime girlfriend, 22-year-old Kiara Kilgo-Washington, who was a passenger in his Corvette, was also treated for injuries.
Ruggs was released from the Las Vegas Raiders following the news of the fatal car collision.
“We want to express our sincere condolences to the victim’s family,” interim Raiders’ coach, Rich Bisaccia said in a prepared statement. “We’re deeply saddened for everyone affected. Especially the victim’s family.”
Prior to the fatal car wreck, Ruggs had been spotted partying at a local Las Vegas driving range, the Las Vegas Review-Journal also reported.
Riggs was in the midst of his second season with the NFL franchise at the time of his release. He’d scored two touchdowns this season, with 24 receptions and 469 yards. He was the Raiders’ 12th overall pick in the NFL’s 2020 draft.
“We love Henry Ruggs, and want him to know that,” Bisaccia added. “It’s a terrible lapse in judgment, of the most horrific kind. It’s something that he will have to live with the rest of his life. The gravity of the situation is not lost on anyone here and we understand and respect the loss of life.”
As Ruggs’ legal woes mounted last week, some of his former teammates publicly rallied around the disgraced professional athlete.
“And if no one else will do it, I’ll do it,” Derek Carr, the quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders said last week, the Associated Press reported.
Tintor’s loved ones remembered her as a “force to be reckoned with in the best possible way” and as someone who was “unapologetically herself in every way.”
Ruggs’ attorneys, David Z. Chesnoff and Richard Schofeld, didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment regarding the new possible charges against their client.
“She was never afraid to be herself. She never grew out of that,” Mia Galvan, Tintor’s childhood friend told the Las Vegas Review-Journal days after the deadly crash.
Ruggs’ next court date is set for Nov. 10.