Tina Tintor, the 23-year-old victim in Henry Ruggs accident, was unfortunately, likely burned to death according to the corona report.
TMZ is reporting that the Clark County coroner’s office in Nevada revealed that Tintor, “died from thermal injuries due to a motor vehicle collision.”
The officials added other contributing causes to the death included “inhalation of products of combustion, fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs, and left forearm, and a left hemothorax.”
This is simply awful and tragic news. There was hope that it would have been instant from the crash, or peaceful smoke inhalation, really anything less gruesome than this, but that wish was not granted.
Ruggs was reportedly driving 156mph just before the wreck, breaking down to 127mph right before impact, and was tested at a .161 BAC, more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.
Prosecutors in his case have filed five felonies, as a result of his accident that left one woman dead.
Prosecutors now have decided to charge Ruggs with additional felony counts of DUI and reckless driving due to the injuries suffered by his passenger, girlfriend Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who also goes by Rudy Washington. The misdemeanor charge is possession of a firearm while under the influence, stemming from a loaded gun found in Ruggs’ car at the scene.
Ruggs’ accident marks the fourth active NFL player in the last 25 years to be involved in a drunk-driving incident that resulted in death. The Las Vegas police tweeted that “Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death, and according to USA Today, conviction on these charges could result in a sentence of two to 20 years in prison, under Nevada Law, which identifies the charge as a Class B felony.
All three previous players not only got lighter sentences than the average citizen would, all three returned to the NFL.