Henry Ruggs III is now facing five charges stemming from his involvement in a fatal car crash incident that left a woman and her dog dead on Nov. 2. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette smashed into the rear end of the victim’s Toyota RAV-4, instantly bursting the vehicle into flames. The wide receiver and his 22-year-old girlfriend Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.
A promising young NFL wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders, the Alabama-raised 22-year-old football player is out of the league and, if convicted on all counts, could face up to 46 years in prison.
If convicted on all counts, Ruggs could face up to 46 years in prison.
Ruggs was in his second season with the Raiders when the crash took place, and with everything happening, let’s take a closer look at how it all transpired.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2 at approximately 3:39 a.m., the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to a traffic collision involving a Chevrolet Corvette driven by Ruggs, and a Toyota Rav-4. The Corvette collided with the rear of the Toyota, which caught fire following the crash. When responding officers arrived at the scene, the area of Rainbow Boulevard near Spring Valley featured first responders and fire department personnel containing the blaze, which eventually revealed a deceased victim inside.
Ruggs, who remained at the scene, was visibly distraught before being transported to UMC hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police indicated that Ruggs showed “signs of impairment” at the time of the crash. According to ESPN, prosecutors claim the 22-year-old was driving 156 mph with his blood alcohol level twice Nevada’s legal limit. His Chevrolet Corvette slammed into Tintor’s Toyota RAV4, causing the car to burn. It’s not known what exactly killed Tintor or her dog. Tintor lived several blocks from where she lost her life.
Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, 22, was also in the car with him and needed surgery on her arm.
The two share a 3-year-old daughter.
What are the charges?
The wide receiver was arrested at the scene and reportedly appeared in court in a wheelchair and a neck brace. Ruggs was initially charged with reckless driving as well as driving under the influence resulting in death, both felonies. On Friday, prosecutors added two additional felonies of DUI and reckless driving, and misdemeanor gun possession, according to TMZ.
A DUI resulting in death is a B felony, which is the second-most serious offense in Nevada.
Judge Joe M. Bonaventure, who noted he had never seen a speeding case that high, originally wanted to set his bail at $1 million. However, bail was set at $150,000, which Ruggs posted. He was released from the county jail in downtown Las Vegas but he had to give up his passport and abstain from alcohol. A SCRAM bracelet, which tests your alcohol level with sweat, could not be placed on his wrist due to his injuries. Ruggs has been ordered to be tested for alcohol four times a day while out on bail.
He must also surrender his passport and remain confined at home.
What have police shared after the crash?
Per 8 News Now, prosecutors say Ruggs’ blood-alcohol level was at 0.16, twice the legal limit, at the time of the crash. On the passenger side of his car, police discovered and impounded an iPhone and a loaded gun.
Judge Joe Bonaventure also has not prohibited Ruggs from driving.
The victim’s family released a statement.
Tintor’s family released the following statement: “Tina’s tragic loss has devastated her family beyond grief they could ever comprehend. Family was everything to Tina, and she was the light of her parent’s life. Tina has lived in Las Vegas since she was a baby. She loved her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, who passed alongside her Tuesday morning.”
Djordje Tinor, Tina’s older brother, told USA Today, “I almost can’t even look at [my parents]. Every time I look at them it just breaks my heart.”
According to KVVU-TV, Tintor was an immigrant from Siberia and a graduate of Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bojana Filipovic, a friend of Tintor, told the outlet, “We always go to parks and walk her dogs and just hang out and have a good time and just think about our future. We were just talking about going to Serbia together. She was just about to get her citizenship and everything was going swell.
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Ruggs’ younger brother speaks out.
Kevontae’ Ruggs took to social media to speak in defense of the former Raiders wide receiver while offering condolences to the family of the deceased driver in the crash.
“[Praying] for the family of Tina Tintor, and her dog,” he posted on Nov. 3. “May God heal the hearts of everyone who was involved in her life.”
The Raiders let him go.
Now a free agent, the Las Vegas Raiders released the following statement: “The Las Vegas Raiders have released WR Henry Ruggs III.”
The NFL also released a statement on Nov. 3, via NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, “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.”
His involvement in the deadly crash could potentially place him on the NFL exempt list which is a protocol under their personal conduct and substance abuse policies. Ruggs joined The Raiders in 2020 as their 12th overall draft pick. He led the team with an impressive 469 receiving yards, averaging 19.5 per catch.
Ruggs’ next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 10.
This is a still-developing story.