Henry Ruggs, a wide receiver with the Las Vegas Raiders, will be charged with DUI resulting in death.
Henry Ruggs III, a wide receiver with the Las Vegas Raiders, was engaged in a horrific vehicle accident early Tuesday morning that killed one person and resulted in Ruggs being charged with DUI resulting in death.
Officers “responded to a traffic incident at the junction of South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway, involving a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota Rav4,” according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Officers arrived to find the Toyota on fire. Firefighters arrived and discovered a dead lady inside the Toyota. According to early findings, the front of the Chevrolet collided with the back of the Toyota.
“The driver of the Chevrolet, Henry Rugs (sic) III, 22, stayed at the scene and displayed symptoms of impairment.” He was taken to the University Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Ruggs will face charges of DUI causing death. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department stated in a statement that the investigation is still ongoing.
Ruggs’ automobile had a female passenger, who was also taken to the hospital. Her identity was not revealed right away.
Ruggs faces a sentence of two to twenty years in jail if convicted.
There haven’t been any charges filed yet. Steve Wolfson, the Clark County District Attorney, said he was aware of the collision and would await the outcome of the police investigation.
Ruggs’ lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, stated they were investigating the collision on behalf of their client “and beg everyone to hold judgment until all of the facts are acquired.”
“The Raiders are aware of an accident that happened this morning in Las Vegas involving Henry Ruggs III. The loss of life has left us saddened, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. In a statement, the team added, “We are collecting information and will have no further comment at this time.”
“Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the victim of this awful event,” an NFL spokeswoman stated. We will continue to collect information and monitor the situation in accordance with our procedures, but our sympathies are with those who have been affected by this tragic tragedy at this time.”
The Raiders (5-2) were on a bye week, but returned to team headquarters on Monday before taking Tuesday off. They were supposed to start training on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants (2-6).
Ruggs lost a boyhood buddy, Rod Scott, in a vehicle accident in 2016, and Ruggs honors him by raising three fingers to the heavens following huge plays (Scott wore No. 3).
Ruggs was the Raiders’ No. 12 overall first-round draft choice out of Alabama in 2020, and owner Mark Davis stated of the fast wideout at the time, “He was the only player I wanted in this draft.”
Ruggs’ 19.5 yards per catch average is second in the NFL among pass receivers with at least 20 receptions, with 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns. Ruggs was selected for his speed and ability to spread the field (he clocked a 4.27 40-yard sprint at the combine), and all four of his career touchdowns have been at least 46 yards.
On Jan. 4, Raiders Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs was arrested for DUI following a single-car collision at the McCarran Airport Connector and East Sunset Road at 4:42 a.m., only hours after the Raiders’ season-ending triumph against Denver. However, after an inquiry, it was discovered that Jacobs’ blood alcohol level was below the legal limit, and no DUI charges were brought.