Confusion surrounded the first reports of Ruggs’ fatal crash, radio calls say
Wednesday 10 November 2021 | 12:42
Emergency dispatchers handling a fatal crash involving former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III have received conflicting information about how many people were killed and what vehicle they were in, according to radio traffic records.
Prosecutors allege that Ruggs, 22, was driving a Chevrolet Corvette at 156 mph before stopping an SUV at around 3:40 a.m. on November 2.
The SUV caught fire, trapping driver Tina Tintor inside, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
âWe have a woman crying for help. She’s trapped in a Lamborghini and a vehicle is on fire, âa Metropolitan Police dispatcher informed the Clark County Fire Department. âThe vehicle that’s on fire is a silver SUV. It does not appear that anyone is on fire in the car.
The recordings, provided to the Sun by Clark County officials as part of a public record request, illustrate the rapidly changing nature of emergency calls.
Requests for recordings of 911 calls and camera footage worn on the body by metro officers at the scene were denied based on the ongoing investigation.
Moments after the initial radio call, the dispatcher said that a person had been pulled from Ruggs’ vehicle, but that it was “unknown if the subject was aware that he had been pulled from the car”.
Another Metro dispatcher then said, “The vehicle that’s on fire, my person thinks there might be someone inside the vehicle.”
A subsequent call from the fire department also stated that “there may still be someone inside the vehicle that is on fire.”
Seconds later, a firefighter at the scene said, âWe have a vehicle on fire, fully involved. Another vehicle was also involved in the accident and was not on fire. Looks like we have two people sitting on the sidewalk.
A second ambulance was then dispatched to the scene.
âThey have two deaths, Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway,â a firefighter dispatcher said. âIt’s a traffic accident. A vehicle caught fire.
âTwo 419s and a vehicle,â the dispatcher said, using the police code for a dead body.
“Was it the vehicle that caught fire?” Â»Asked a first speaker.
âLet me see if it was the fire engine, or if it was the other vehicle. â¦ They were both in the fire engine, âthe dispatcher said.
The only other fatality in the crash was Tintor’s golden retriever dog.
Ruggs was formally charged today in Las Vegas court with two counts of impaired driving resulting in death or grievous bodily harm, two counts of reckless driving and one count of possession of a firearm under l ‘affecting.
If convicted, Ruggs could face up to 52 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Ruggs was initially arrested on one count of drunk driving and one count of reckless driving, but prosecutors have requested additional charges based on injuries sustained by his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, 22 years old, who was riding with him.
Ruggs had a blood alcohol content of 0.161 percent, double the legal limit for driving in Nevada, and also had a loaded handgun in the car, prosecutors said.
Ruggs was released on $ 150,000 bail last week on the condition that he wear an ankle monitor and not drive or drink alcohol. He was cut from the Raiders after his arrest.