Henry Ruggs car accident latest – DeVonta Smith heartbroken for former teammate and 'brother from another mother'

Henry Ruggs car accident latest – DeVonta Smith heartbroken for former teammate and 'brother from another mother'

11/08/2021

EAGLES wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who played alongside Henry Ruggs for the Crimson Tide at Alabama, said he's "playing for his brother" following the Las Vegas Raiders' decision to release Ruggs.

Smith also said he's spoken to Ruggs in the days since the high-speed crash, and shared condolences for the victim, Tina Tintor, 23.

“My heart breaks for everybody involved, the family and the young lady that lost her life,” Smith told USA Today.

Smith played against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, and was thinking of Ruggs, who he's previously characterized as his "brother."

“It kinda gave me a bigger purpose, playing for my brother knowing he can’t play right now," Smith said.

Ruggs was initially charged with two felony charges of DUI and reckless driving resulting in death.

But now Clark Country prosecutors intend to also charge him with DUI and reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily harm for injuries that his girlfriend Rudy Washington suffered during the crash, as reported by Clutch Points.

Additionally, prosecutors also aim to charge Ruggs with a misdemeanor for a loaded gun that was allegedly found in his car.

Ruggs could face up to 46 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.

Meanwhile, a new video surfaced of Henry Ruggs' corvette flying down the road mere seconds before the car fatal crash.

Ruggs' car was clocked at 156mph, the precise speed he was going before he slowed to 127mph and slammed into Tintor's vehicle.

In a second video released by TMZ Sports, what appears to be Tina Tintor's car drives into the frame is the same make and model, and is positioned in the same space police say she was when the crash occurred.

Tina Tintor's childhood friend shared that the 23-year-old was hoping to go into the computer science programming field before she was tragically killed this week.

Bojana Filipovic shared with 8 News Now that Tintor was from Serbia, and immigrated to the US when she was about five years old.

Filipovic also said that Tintor loved animals, and revealed that her friend hoped to return go to college to pursue a career in the computer science programming field.

Tintor and her dog's lives were tragically cut short Tuesday, when her car became engulfed in flames, after being smashed into by former NFL star Henry Ruggs's speeding Chevrolet Corvette.

Ruggs, 22, appeared in court Wednesday, where he was accused of driving 156 mph while intoxicated and had a loaded illegal firearm at the time of the crash, which occurred in the central Las Vegas area at around 3am on Tuesday.

He is scheduled to return to court on November 10.

Read our Henry Ruggs live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • H. J. Hayes

    RUGGS ‘REFUSED A SOBRIETY TEST’

    Ruggs allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .161, more than twice the legal limit in Nevada when tested.

    He refused a sobriety test at the scene, police said, but later blood tests were taken at the hospital showing his intoxication levels.

    He then allegedly swore at hospital staff and slurred his words.

  • H. J. Hayes

    RUGGS ORDERED TO STAY SOBER, FORBIDDEN FROM DRIVING

    Ruggs appeared in a wheelchair with a foam neck brace at an arraignment hearing on Wednesday.

    The judge set Ruggs’ bail at $150,000 with the highest level of electronic monitoring if he is released.

    He has been ordered to not drive, to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances, and will surrender his passport.

    Tina’s devastated family members attended the court appearance and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he met them for the first time.

    “They’re torn apart,” he said. “This was a terrible, terrible collision, so they’re mourning their loss. They’re grieving. They’re mad.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHAT CAR WAS HENRY RUGGS DRIVING?

    Ruggs was driving a Chevrolet Corvette when it crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4.

    The 2022 model of the Chevrolet Corvette, called the Stingray, is a sports car that is priced on the market for more than $60,000.

    It was revealed during his court appearance that he was allegedly driving 156 mph two seconds before the crash occurred.

    When his car’s airbags deployed, Ruggs’ was reportedly going 127 mph.

  • H. J. Hayes

    OLD VIDEO OF RUGGS SPEEDING DOWN THE STREET RESURFACES

    Footage also emerged on Thursday which appeared to show Ruggs’ girlfriend telling him to “slow down” as he raced down a street in September last year.

    Rudy Washington, 22, is said to have shared the clip to her YouTube in which she laughs as her boyfriend revs the engine of his car.

    The clip – obtained by The Review-Journal and called “Wild Out Wednesdays” – is reported to have been taken in September 2020.

    It has since been removed from YouTube, according to the paper.

    Washington appears to tell the now released Las Vegas Raiders’ star: “Just don’t do it no more. What you about to do?”

    Ruggs tells Washington: “You look scared.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    RUGGS WAS STOPPED IN APRIL 'FOR USING PHONE WHILE DRIVING’

    The dropped Las Vegas Raiders star, 22, is said to have used his cell at the wheel of his 2021 Ford Mustang SE in April of this year.

    In court records, first obtained by The Las Vegas Sun, Ruggs received a citation after police say they saw him on a “cellular device at steering wheel level while operating a motor vehicle at highway speeds.”

    He was also pulled over and cited for “traveling a motor vehicle while still on an Alabama issued driving license for year” while living in Nevada, documents show.

    It is not clear if the matter has been resolved; a court date had been set for July.

  • H. J. Hayes

    TINA HAD PLANNED TO RETURN TO COLLEGE STUDIES

    Filipovic said that 23-year-old Tina wanted to continue college after taking a break due to personal problems and wanted to “dive back into computer science and programming.”

    “Whatever life threw at her, she would always try and fix it. We didn’t really have the best role models growing up and it was hard to fit in, but she was positive and had charismatic charm.

    “No matter how many times she wanted to leave the earth, she was always hanging on and wanted the best,” Filipovic added.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHAT WAS RUGGS’S BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT?

    Ruggs refused a breathalyzer test at the scene, police said, but later blood tests were taken at the hospital allegedly showed his intoxication levels of 0.161, more than double Nevada’s legal blood alcohol content.

    In court, prosecutors alleged the star was found to be illegally possessing a firearm.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WITNESS: 'THE FIRE JUST GREW SO FAST'

    Witness Tony Rodriguez said that despite his and other witnesses’ efforts, they couldn’t free Tintor or her dog from her car after the crash.

    As the fire continued to build, Tintor began to fade.

    “Everything we tried just wasn’t working. The fire just grew so fast,” he said. “She was actually still alive. You could hear her breathing. She had her seat belt on and I was trying to cut that away.

    “Trying to grab them by their shoulders and pull them out but that wasn’t working. They were pinned. The seat belt was on, the airbags were in the way and the door was jammed.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    PLAYERS AND ALABAMA COACH OFFER SUPPORT TO HENRY RUGGS

    Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr, New York Giants star Kadarius Toney, and Alabama coach Nick Saban offered their support to former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs.

    “Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to all involved in this tragic situation, especially the victims,” Saban said Thursday, via The Tuscaloosa News. “Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them. But our thoughts and prayers are also with Henry and his family.”

    “These consequences are going to probably be pretty devastating to Henry. We love him. We’re going to support him through it, but we also have a lot of compassion for the victims, and our thoughts and prayers are also with them,” Saban added.

  • H. J. Hayes

    RAIDERS ISSUE STATEMENT: 'WE ARE DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF LIFE'

    After the events transpired, the Raiders released a statement regarding the accident, writing: “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.”

    The team also announced they were releasing Ruggs III as of November 2.

    Similarly, the NFL released a statement, saying: “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.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    VICTIM WAS ‘JUST ABOUT TO GER HER CITIZENSHIP’

    Tina Tintor’s best friend, Bojana Filipovic, had been with her just hours before the fatal crash.

    The pair had taken Maxi for a late-night walk, as they often do, she said.

    “We always go to parks and walk her dogs and just hang out and have a good time,” Filipovic said.

    “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.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHEN WILL RUGGS APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN?

    The 22-year-old has been charged with two felony counts, DUI, and reckless driving, which could earn him up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

    He was booked into the Clark County Jail in Las Vegas.

    Ruggs III appeared before a local judge on November 3, 2021. A judge set his bail at $150,000. He will also have to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances. He was ordered to surrender his passport and he cannot drive.

    He is slated to return to court on November 10.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WAS RUGGS INEBRIATED?

    Henry Ruggs III, 22, was allegedly inebriated when he was behind the wheel of his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette which skidded 570 feet before slamming into Tintor’s Toyota Rav-4 which burst into flames.

    The crash occurred at around 3.39am on Tuesday. 

    Authorities describe Ruggs reaching a speed of 156 miles per hour before the fatal impact.

    Police say the 23-year-old Tintor and her dog died in the fireball wreckage.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    GIANTS COACH BACKS UP KADARIUS TONEY

    Giants coach Joe Judge issued a statement on Thursday supporting the Toney after he tweeted in support of Ruggs and saying it's important to "make sure we articulate our words."

    He said: “What he tweeted out, I know where his heart was with that. I think sometimes it comes across that obviously you read it and you say OK this doesn’t really sound the right way.

    "I think it’s more about making sure we articulate our words .. We talked as a team yesterday about our prayers should be with everybody involved, and that’s the truth.

    “One thing I’ll tell you right now is KT’s a good kid. He’s a good dude, he really is, and he’s got a good heart. He’s a hard worker. He’s a team-first guy.

    “I think the important thing is we express our prayers are with everybody involved in this. It’s a terrible thing that happened."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS RUGGS' NET WORTH?

    After playing collegiately at Alabama, and winning a national championship in 2017, Henry Ruggs was then drafted into the NFL as the 12th overall pick of the 2020 NFL draft.

    He then went on to sign a four year, $16.6million contract which included a $9.6million signing bonus with all of it guaranteed.

    In 2021, Ruggs earned a base salary of $1,367,801, with a cap hit of $3,789,006 and a dead cap value of $13,640,421, according to Sportrac.

    Even though we know the logistics of Ruggs' contract, it remains unclear what his exact net worth is this early in his career.

    It has been reported that it is around $1million as of 2021.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    RAIDERS LET RUGGS GO

    Ruggs was charged with two felony counts, including a DUI and reckless driving, as a result, the Raiders then let Ruggs go, according to the NFL.

    "The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas," the team said in a statement.

    "We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family. We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time."

    The Raiders then confirmed the news with a tweet that read: "The Las Vegas Raiders have released WR Henry Ruggs III."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHO IS RUGGS' DAUGHTER?

    When the 22-year-old Las Vegas Raiders star is not on the field, he can be found at home with his girlfriend and daughter.

    On May 7, 2020, Ruggs and Washington welcomed their first daughter, Kenzli Re'Nai.

    While baby Kenzli is only one year old, she is already a star on her father's Instagram page.

    He can often been seen sharing family pictures of her and Washington to his 455,000 followers.

    Outside of being known as their daughter, not much additional information is available on the tike due to her age.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    EVENTS BEFORE THE CRASH

    The circumstances leading up to the crash remain under investigation, but a preliminary probe determined that Ruggs' Chevrolet crashed into the back of the Toyota at high speed.

    Newly released video footage shows flames engulfing the Toyota in the aftermath of the crash, as one person can be seen sitting down in the road and another by Ruggs' car.

    The driver of the Toyota was dead by the time police arrived on the scene.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    RUGGS' FRIEND DIED IN CAR ACCIDENT

    Five years earlier, in March 2016, Rugg's lost his childhood best friend, Rod Scott, in a car accident while en route to attend a state playoff basketball game in Birmingham, Alabama.

    The pair had been due to travel to the game together, but Ruggs had fallen ill with the flu and decided not to attend.

    Scott, 17, was one of three unrestrained passengers ejected from a car that had rolled over along a rain-covered Interstate 65.

    The teen was airlifted to an area hospital with serious internal injuries, including a swollen brain and two collapsed lungs.

    Despite multiple surgeries to save his life, Scott was pronounced dead the next day.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FANS SLAM RUGGS FOLLOWING CRASH

    Following the tragic news, fans slammed Ruggs saying that his career is over after he was involved in a reportedly fatal crash, as the athlete may face 20 years behind bars.

    "But uh yeah, Henry Ruggs career is over," one user wrote on Twitter following the horrific news.

    Another said, "Henry Ruggs is an idiot," while others claimed his "career is clipped wow."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT CAR WAS RUGGS DRIVING?

    Ruggs was driving a Chevrolet Corvette when it crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4.

    The 2022 model of the Chevrolet Corvette, called the Stingray, is a sports car that is priced on the market for more than $60,000.

    It was revealed during his court appearance that he was allegedly driving 156 mph two seconds before the crash occurred.

    When his car's airbags deployed, Ruggs' was reportedly going 127 mph.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KADARIUS TONEY SLAMMED FOR SUPPORTING RUGGS

    After Raiders rookie Ruggs was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, 22-year-old Giants player Kadarius Toney tweeted his support.

    He posted on Wednesday: "We young…..everybody make mistakes….y’all lookin at the situation like 'this or that' kuz it ain’t y’all…having so much too say.

    "He know he messed up don’t drag em for it……that’s goofy to me….just pray for the families involved."

    But his supportive post backfired, as furious users blasted him and even though he later turned off the comments on his tweet, his post was retweeted almost 7,000 times.

    One said: "Kadarius Toney is really going to die on the hill defending Henry Ruggs! SMH."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    SECURITY GUARD HEARD SCREAMS FROM INSIDE CAR

    Alexander Hart, a security guard at a condominium, was standing nearby and witnessed the terrifying collision before rushing over to help, according to a police report released on Wednesday.

    When he arrived, he heard screams coming from the Toyota.

    He told police the female driver was still alive but he couldn't pull her out because she was pinned inside the SUV – which was later engulfed by flames.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FRIEND OF VICTIM CALLS RUGGS 'SELFISH'

    Devante Burnham, a close school friend of Tina's, told The Sun: "To me that kind of behavior is selfish.

    "Because he's not thinking about anyone's well-being nor the possible fatal outcome and destruction he could cause.

    "It's selfish and it didn't need to happen."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    COURT APPEARANCE

    Ruggs appeared in a wheelchair with a foam neck brace at an arraignment hearing on Wednesday.

    The judge set Ruggs' bail at $150,000 with the highest level of electronic monitoring if he is released.

    He has been ordered to not drive, to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances, and will surrender his passport.

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