LAS VEGAS – Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III faces a charge of impaired driving after a violent vehicle accident early Tuesday in Las Vegas that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passengers injured, authorities said.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Ruggs was driving a Chevrolet Corvette shortly before 3:40 a.m. when it crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 on a busy thoroughfare in a residential area several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Toyota caught fire and the driver died, police said. She was not immediately identified.
Ruggs, 22, “showed signs of impairment,” police said in a statement saying he will be charged with the crime DUI resulting in death.
Ruggs and his female passengers were hospitalized. Ruggs’ injuries were described by officials as not life-threatening. His female passages were not immediately identified.
No indictment has yet been filed. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he was aware of the crash and would await the results of the police investigation.
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.
Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said they also investigated the accident on behalf of their client “and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts have been gathered.”
“The Raiders are aware of an accident with Henry Ruggs III that took place this morning in Las Vegas. We are devastated by the loss of human life and our thoughts and prayers go to the victim’s family. We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time, “the team said in a statement.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: “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 those affected. of this. destructive incident. “
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).
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.
The Ruggs were the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 2020 out of Alabama, No. 12 overall, and at the time, Raiders 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’ average is 19.5 yards per game. catch number two in the NFL among pass-catchers with at least 20 receptions. The Ruggs were drafted for his speed – he ran a 4.27-second 40-yard line on the combine – and the ability to stretch the field, and all four of his career touchdowns have been at least 46 yards.
On January 4, Raiders Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs was involved in a single-car accident and arrested for DUI after a crash near the McCarran Airport Connector and East Sunset Road at 6 p.m. 4:42, hours after the Raiders’ season-final victory in Denver. However, a subsequent investigation showed that Jacob’s per mille was below the legal limit, and no charges were brought against DUI.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.