Ruggs released, facing 20-plus years following deadly two-car crash
Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, Las Vegas wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a two-car accident that claimed the life of a 23-year old woman and her dog in Las Vegas.
Ruggs was clocked going over 150-mph in his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette with his girlfriend, Kiara Washington, before he hit Las Vegas native Tina Tintor’s 2013 Toyota Rav4 -- causing it to burst into flames.
Tintor was pronounced dead at the scene along with her Labrador Retriever, Rex, who were both pinned inside the burning vehicle.
Washington was also taken to the hospital with “serious injuries.”
Earlier that night, Ruggs posted to his Instagram story that he was at Top Golf near the Las Vegas Strip just before midnight.
As of now, Ruggs has been charged with two counts including reckless driving resulting in death and driving under the influence resulting in death.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Immediately following the release of information, the National Football League released a statement saying: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim of this horrific tragedy… We will continue to gather facts and monitor the matter under our policies, but our thoughts at this time are with those impacted by this devastating incident.”
This was obtained from a report by TMZ.com.
This is not the first occurence of DUI incidents in Las Vegas this year alone. Current Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs avoided DUI charges after being involved in a single-car crash in January of this year.
In addition, highly-touted prospect Zaon Collins was clocked going 90-mph in a 35-mph zone before killing 52-year old military veteran Eric Echevarria.
Collins was dismissed from the UNLV basketball program following the accident.
Around 9 p.m. the Raiders announced they had released the 22-year old Ruggs after spending the 12th overall pick on the Alabama product in 2020.
Ruggs had 24 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns this season.
This is the second non-football headline for the franchise as head coach Jon Gruden resigned last month after having racist, sexist and misogynistic emails surface spanning nearly a decade.