Henry Ruggs took a life and so much more from a young woman who had her entire life ahead of her.
Tina Tintor was the victim in Tuesday’s car crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III. On Wednesday night, there were candles lit and balloons on display in her memory. Good friend and fellow serbian immigrant Bojana Filopovic spoke on how they met when they were just 5-years-old and had an ongoing friendship for the last 20 years.
“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.”
Tintor dropped Filopovic off at home and was a mile away from her house when Ruggs drove 156 mph down Rainbow Boulevard in his Corvette and eventually smashed into Tintor’s Toyota Rav4, which sent both cars more than 500 feet down the road.
Tintor and her dog were stuck inside the car as he got engulfed in flames and burned them alive.
Filopovic said that Tintor’s mom called her crying Tuesday morning.
“Her mom was calling me crying like, ‘Hey, can you check if that’s her car. She wasn’t coming home. She was supposed to wake up at 7 a.m. to run errands, but she never got home with her dog,’” Filopovic said.
Prosecutors said the car slowed to 127 mph when the airbag deployed. He allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .161, which is more than twice the legal limit in the state.
Ruggs was released from the team on Tuesday.