On Tuesday, the football world learned of a tragic car accident involving Henry Ruggs III.
The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver was reportedly involved in a car accident that killed a 23-year-old woman and her dog. Police reportedly planned to charge Ruggs with “DUI resulting in death.” Clark County court records showed that Ruggs was also charged with reckless driving. He was booked in absentia and both charges were felonies.
A person charged with DUI causing death cannot get probation in Nevada, according to FOX5 Vegas. The charge carries a sentence of two to 20 years in state prison. On top of that, the reckless driving charge can carry a one- to six-year prison term.
Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, was also in his car and police stated she was seriously injured in the crash.
The name of the victim was not immediately released, but she was 23-years-old and driving a 2013 Toyota RAV4. Once fire response discovered a Toyota Rav4 engulfed in flames, they would soon discover a deceased victim was found inside the vehicle. An initial investigation revealed that the front of Ruggs’ car collided with the rear end of the victim’s vehicle.
Police noted that Ruggs remained on the scene, where he “showed signs of impairment.”
The Las Vegas Raiders released a statement acknowledging the situation on Tuesday.
“The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas,” the team wrote, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “We are devastated by the loss of life and out 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.”
They would later release him from the team.
Ruggs suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.