On Thursday, a Las Vegas judge ruled prosecutors will be given access to medical records and blood test results from former NFL wide receiver Henry Ruggs III in relation to a fatal car crash last month that killed Tina Tintor and her dog. However, they cannot ask doctors what Ruggs said in the aftermath of his predawn fiery car crash on Nov. 2 or his injuries suffered in it.
Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Robert Walsh said he would issue a written order to invoke Nevada privacy laws to limit information available to prosecutors.
“The blood test results will be released, in addition to the authentication of the medical records,” Walsh said. “Nothing to do with conversations or treatment as to any patient-doctor relationship.”
Ruggs was charged with DUI causing death or substantial injury and felony reckless driving after prosecutors said he was driving 156 mph just before striking Tintor’s vehicle, which caught fire and trapped her and her dog inside. Police said Ruggs registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16, which is double the legal limit in Nevada.
Ruggs’ attorney, Richard Schonfeld, successfully lobbied for the next court date in the case to be moved from next week until March 10 to provide more time for evidence collection and conversations with prosecutors.
The 22-year-old Alabama native was released on house arrest after posting $150,000 bail. He faces a minimum sentence of two years in prison and a maximum sentence of more than 50 years in prison if convicted.
Back in 2020, the Las Vegas Raiders selected the WR in the first round out of Alabama. He appeared in 20 games across two seasons with the franchise before getting released in wake of the crash.
The 23-year-old Tintor was a Target employee who was working toward becoming a computer programmer.