Las Vegas Raiders large receiver Henry Ruggs III was arrested in a deadly DUI crash early Tuesday, police mentioned.
Ruggs was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette that slammed into the again of a Toyota Rav4 at 3:39 a.m. PDT close to South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division mentioned in a press release.
The Toyota went up in flames, and firefighters “situated a deceased sufferer inside,” police mentioned. Police later mentioned the 23-year-old feminine driver of the Toyota was trapped within the driver’s seat and pronounced useless on the scene.
Ruggs “remained on scene and confirmed indicators of impairment” earlier than being taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening accidents, in keeping with the legislation enforcement assertion. A passenger in Chevrolet was additionally damage and brought to a hospital for therapy, police mentioned.
Ruggs will probably be charged with DUI leading to dying, police mentioned. He was booked in absentia from the hospital.
The deadly crash was simply 4 miles west of the Raiders residence discipline, Allegiant Stadium.
The participant’s legal professionals, David Z. Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, requested the general public to withhold judgment.
“On behalf of our shopper Henry Ruggs III we’re conducting our personal investigation as of this writing and ask everybody to order judgment till all of the info are gathered,” the attorneys mentioned in a press release.
Ruggs, 22, is in his second yr out of Alabama. In 20 video games of his younger NFL profession with the Raiders, Ruggs has caught 50 passes for 921 yards and 4 touchdowns.
As soon as he is formally charged by prosecutors, Ruggs will seemingly be moved to the NFL commissioner’s exempt checklist and be ineligible to swimsuit up. The Raiders subsequent play on Sunday, on the highway in opposition to the New York Giants.
“Our hearts exit to the household and associates of the sufferer of this horrific tragedy,” the league mentioned in a press release. “We’ll proceed to assemble info and monitor the matter beneath our insurance policies, however our ideas at the moment are with these impacted by this devastating incident.”
Police mentioned that proof signifies the Corvette was touring at a “excessive charge of velocity” earlier than the crash. It was within the middle of three northbound lanes and “veered proper and entered the right-most journey lane, which the Toyota occupied,” police mentioned in a press release.
The Chevrolet hit the again of the Toyota, and the Toyota got here to a remaining relaxation and caught hearth with the motive force trapped, the police assertion mentioned.
The Raiders said they’re conscious of Ruggs’ arrest and are “within the strategy of gathering data.”
“We’re devastated by the lack of life and our ideas and prayers exit to the sufferer’s household,” the membership mentioned in a short assertion.
That is the Oakland-rooted franchise’s second season in Southern Nevada, a short stint that has already been tumultuous.
Dwelling video games inside their luxurious $2 billion residence, Allegiant Stadium, have been performed with no followers within the stands because of the coronavirus pandemic.
And simply three weeks in the past, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was pressured to resign after leaked emails confirmed his writings containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic feedback.
Brooke Glatz and Phil Helsel contributed.