LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Tuesday morning, Henry Ruggs was traveling at speeds greater than 156 mph with a blood alcohol level two times the legal limit. His Corvette was barling down the streets of Los Vegas before he crashed into an SUV, killing a woman and her dog.
The Corvette’s airbags deployed at 127mph. Police also found a loaded gun in his vehicle.
Tina O.Tintor,23, and a resident of Las Vegas died of her injuries sustained in the crash.
According to the Review-Journal, there were several failed rescue efforts by bystanders and first responders. Tintor died while pinned inside her 2013 Toyota RAV4.
Alexander Hart, a security guard for a nearby condominium community, per the report, said he heard screams coming from the Toyota.
Ruggs was not alone in his car, his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, was a passenger and both survived. Although Kilgo-Washington sustained serious injuries.
“This wasn’t an accident, it was an inevitability,” Dan Weltz of Yahoo Sports titled his article.
Wednesday a Las Vegas judge set bail at $150,000, passport surrendered, and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet. The State requested a bail of $1million.
In a video statement, head coach Rich Bisaccia expressed condolences to the family and their love for their former player.
“First of all, We want to express our sincere condolences to the victim’s family, A person lost their life yesterday morning, and we think it’s important to keep the focus on that as we talk about this tragic event. We’re deeply saddened for everyone affected, especially the victim’s family.
“That being said, we love Henry Ruggs. We want him to know that. It was a terrible lapse in judgment, of the most horrific kind, and something that he’ll 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.”
Ruggs is a 22-year-old Wide Receiver who broke records at the National Columbine in 2020. He was outspoken on his speed and talent. He was very promising for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Reaction around the NFL and sports was quick and judgemental.
If Ruggs is convicted, the first charge has a sentence ranging from two to 20 years while the second charge ranges from one to six years, per The Athletic.