The Las Vegas Raiders released wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Tuesday night after his involvement in a vehicle accident early Tuesday morning that left a woman dead.
Ruggs are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving, court records show. He was released from a hospital and jailed earlier Tuesday ahead of an initial court appearance Wednesday.
Ruggs, 22, and his passengers were hospitalized with unspecified injuries that, according to police, did not appear life-threatening after the Chevrolet Corvette he was driving crashed into a Toyota Rav4 at high speed on a busy road in a residential area several kilometers west. . of the Las Vegas Strip around noon. 03.40 Tuesday.
The Toyota caught fire and the driver and her dog died, police said.
Ruggs “showed signs of disability,” police said in a statement that did not identify the woman who died, the injuries Ruggs or his passengers received, or name Ruggs’ passengers who remained hospitalized.
Police are prohibited from disclosing medical information under federal privacy law, said Officer Larry Hadfield, a spokesman for the department.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson did not immediately respond to reports of the allegations.
Probation is not an option in Nevada for a conviction on a charge of DUI causing death, resulting in a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison in the state. The possible penalty for reckless driving is one to six years in prison, with conditional imprisonment.
Ruggs’ lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said they were investigating the crash on behalf of their client “and are asking everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts have been gathered.”
Chesnoff declined further comment after Ruggs was released from University Medical Center and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The Raiders did not wait for the courts to act, sending a brief statement Tuesday night announcing Ruggs’ release. The Raiders had issued a statement earlier in the day saying the team was aware of the crash, “devastated by the loss of human life” and “in the process of gathering information.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim of this terrible tragedy. We will continue to gather facts and monitor the case under our policies, but our thoughts at present are with them. affected by this devastating event. ”
The Raiders (5-2) were on their farewell week, but reported back to the team headquarters on Monday before having a day off on Tuesday. They were scheduled to begin practice Wednesday before Sunday’s game in the New York Giants (2-6).
The Ruggs were the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 2020 out of Alabama, No. 12 overall, and at the time, team owner Mark Davis said of the quick wideout: “He was the only person I wanted in this draft.”
With 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns, the Ruggs’ 19.5-yard-per-catch average was number two in the NFL among pass catchers with at least 20 receptions.
Ruggs lost a childhood friend, Rod Scott, in a car accident in 2016, and Ruggs pays tribute to him by lifting three fingers – Scott carried No. 3 – to the sky after great performances.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.