Former Alabama standout and Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fatal car crash this week.
Early Tuesday morning at just past 3:30 am Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette reportedly slammed into a Toyota Rav4 being driven by Las Vegas woman Tina O. Tintor. Her car caught on fire immediately after the accident, ultimately killing both her and her dog.
Ruggs was initially taken to a hospital where his behavior with medical staff was reportedly deeply unsettling. Eventually he was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after being released from the hospital and charged with felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving.
According to police reports, Ruggs’ blood alcohol content level was double the legal Nevada limit and at one point his car reached 156 miles per hour.
On Friday, video emerged online showing precisely how Ruggs was driving in the leadup to the accident.
At a hearing on Wednesday prosecutor Eric Bauman requested that Ruggs’ bail be set at $1 million. Instead, Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure set it at $150,000. Ruggs subsequently posted the bond a little while after that and was released.
Ruggs is staring down the barrel of an extremely long prison sentence. This week, his former Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke bluntly of the situation, offering his thoughts on both the victim and Ruggs’ future.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) November 1, 2021
Ruggs’ now-former Raiders teammates have also spoken out about the incident.
Ruggs is due again in court on Wednesday, Nov. 10. At that point, a clearer image of what the future holds for him should emerge.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.