December 7, 2021

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Henry Ruggs III ‘Faces 46 YEARS In Prison As He’s Hit With Five Charges’ Over Fatal Crash

FORMER Viva Las Vegas! Raider Henry Ruggs III could face up to 46 years in prison after prosecutors reportedly increased his charges on Friday in the aftermath of Tuesday’s fireball car crash that killed Tina Tintor and her dog.

Prosecutors in Las Vegas added a misdemeanour gun possession charge to the 22-year-old professional football player’s four felonies on the same day that Tintor’s life was remembered at a vigil.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ruggs also faces DUI resulting in death, DUI resulting in serious bodily harm, and two reckless driving charges.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to 46 years in prison.

Meanwhile, a vigil in Tintor’s honour was held near the Sunset Strip at the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway.

The 23-year-old died along with her golden retriever Max in the flaming wreckage of her SUV after an allegedly drunk Ruggs slammed his speeding Corvette sports car into her Toyota Rav 4.

Tintor’s vigil included an assortment of votive candles, multiple stuffed animal dogs, and tear-strewn faces.

Attendees were seen holding candles as the sound of Las Vegas traffic whizzed by.

While Tintor’s family has not commented on her death, Naqvi Injury Law issued a statement on their behalf.

“Tina’s tragic loss has devastated her family beyond a grief they could ever comprehend,” it says.

“Tina valued family above all else, and she was the light of her parents’ lives.”

“Tina has been a resident of Las Vegas since she was a baby.”

“She adored her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, who died with her on Tuesday morning.”

“As they mourn, the Tinto family values privacy.”

“Tina, may you rest in peace.”

Ruggs was driving his Corvette at 156 miles per hour at around 3.39 a.m. on Tuesday when he allegedly attempted to slow down and rear-ended Tintor’s SUV, according to authorities.

Ruggs is accused of being behind the wheel of his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette when he slowed to 127mph while turning onto Rainbow Boulevard and colliding with Tintor.

Ruggs appeared in court Wednesday in a neck brace, where he was initially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving.

Ruggs’ bail was set at $150,000 with the highest level of electronic monitoring by Judge Joe Bonaventure.

Prosecutors had asked for a $1 million bond.

The judge stated that in his years of sitting on the bench, he had never seen a car travel at such a high speed.

Ruggs attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld issued a statement shortly after the crash requesting that “everyone reserve judgement until all of the facts are gathered.”

Ruggs was ordered not to drive, to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances, and to surrender his passport after posting bail.

Ruggs was released from the Raiders shortly after leaving the hospital, and the team announced that he was no longer a member of the team.

Ruggs refused a breathalyser test at the scene, according to police, but later blood tests at the hospital revealed that he was intoxicated to the tune of 0.161, which is more than double Nevada’s legal blood alcohol content.

Prosecutors claimed in court that the star was found to be illegally in possession of a firearm.

While Tintor was dying nearby, the couple was caught on video pleading for help for the star wideout.

Ruggs can be seen crying on the floor as Washington comforts him.

As she apologises, he tells her, “f***, stop yelling.”

Ruggs is identified by one witness to law enforcement: “Henry Ruggs is right here. Henry Ruggs is right here. He is a Raiders player.”

A woman, thought to be Washington, yells, “Can we get some assistance? Could you please assist him? He has been knocked out.”

According to the police report, the gridiron player was particularly uncooperative and aggressive with hospital staff and investigators attempting to determine what caused the fatal crash.

Ruggs was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada after the accident.

According to 8 News Now, investigators attempted to question Ruggs there, and he allegedly told them to “get him out of here.”

Ruggs allegedly claimed he couldn’t remember and dismissed them with a curt “no” several times when they sought his opinion.

During questioning by investigators, Ruggs allegedly explained how he was on his way to his home prior to the fatal collision.

“When I asked Ruggs to clarify, he simply repeated, ‘home, home,’ and then began mumbling,” the officer wrote in the report, according to the television station.

Ruggs’ slurred speech, which was reduced to “not understandable,” was apparently noted by the officer, who described his attitude as “unresponsive” in the report.

The police report describes Ruggs as refusing to cooperate with hospital staff and even refusing to open his eyes when asked while recovering from the car accident in the hospital.

According to the report, “as medical staff advised Ruggs to stop removing the medical equipment, Ruggs began to yell, ‘Get me the f*** out of here!'”

“Ruggs continued to yell from his bed and refused to listen to hospital staff and yelled they were not doing anything for him,” the statement continued.

Ruggs’ silence during critical questions about his suspected DUI was noted by police, who say he kept his eyes closed despite police asking him to open them.

“As I spoke with Ruggs, I asked him to open his eyes,” according to the report.

“At the time, Ruggs refused to answer any questions or cooperate in any way, including opening his eyes.”

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