Henry Ruggs III is no longer a member of the Raiders.
Las Vegas released the 22-year-old wide receiver late Tuesday after the organization learned of his involvement in a car crash earlier in the day that left a woman dead. Ruggs faces charges of DUI resulting in death and reckless driving, according to court records.
Here is everything we know about the crash and how the Raiders and NFL reacted to the news.
Henry Ruggs III car crash details
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement Tuesday saying that officers responded to a crash involving a Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Rav4 at 3:39 a.m. local time. The department’s initial investigation revealed that Ruggs was driving the Chevrolet Corvette at a high rate of speed and slammed into the rear of the Toyota Rav4, which was found on fire. Ruggs showed “signs of impairment,” according to the LVMPD statement.
The woman inside the Toyota Rav4 was pronounced dead at the scene. (Her name will not be released until her relatives have been notified.) Ruggs and Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, his girlfriend and a passenger in his car at the time of the crash, were treated at a nearby hospital for “serious” injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Ruggs and Kilgo-Washington, who goes by Rudy Washington, share a young daughter.
After being released from the hospital, Ruggs was transferred to the county jail in downtown Las Vegas.
DUI resulting in death charges
During Ruggs’ appearance in court on Wednesday morning, Chief Deputy District Attorney Eric Bauman said that Ruggs was traveling at 156 mph before the crash and had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit. Prosecutors also said that a dog was killed in the crash.
Ruggs’ bail was set at $150,000 on Wednesday. The state had asked for bail to be set at $1 million. Ruggs was ordered to return to court on Nov. 10.
In Nevada, DUI resulting in death is a category B felony, among the second-most serious offenses in the state. It carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison, and probation is not an option following a conviction. Reckless driving carries a possible sentence of one to six years in prison.
Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, released the following statement on Tuesday (via the Las Vegas Review-Journal): “On behalf of our client Henry Ruggs III we are conducting our own investigation as of this writing and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
Raiders release Henry Ruggs III
The Raiders issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying that they were aware of the accident, adding that the franchise was “devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.” Las Vegas later announced that it had released Ruggs.
The Las Vegas Raiders have released WR Henry Ruggs III.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 3, 2021
The NFL also released a statement on Tuesday (via NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero): “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.”
Ruggs, who was selected by the Raiders with the No. 12 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, signed a four-year rookie deal worth $16.67 million with the team in July 2020. The contract was fully guaranteed, but Las Vegas will likely seek to void the remaining years.