Family Mourns Woman’s Death in Crash Involving Ex-NFL Player

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LAS VEGAS—The household of a Las Vegas pistillate who died successful a fiery clang that authorities accidental erstwhile Raiders subordinate Henry Ruggs III caused aft driving 156 mph with a blood-alcohol level doubly the ineligible bounds successful Nevada said Thursday they are devastated.

Tina Tintor “lived successful Las Vegas since she was a baby” and loved her 3-year-old aureate retriever, Max, who besides died successful her car pursuing the pre-dawn Tuesday crash, her household said successful a connection issued by lawyer Farhan Naqvi successful Las Vegas.

“Tina’s tragic nonaccomplishment has devastated her household beyond a grief they could ever comprehend,” the connection said. “The Tintor household appreciates privateness arsenic they mourn. May Tina remainder successful peace.”

A longtime friend, Bojana Filipovic, said separately she was with Tintor aboriginal Tuesday, walking Max and talking astir going to Serbia. Filipovic said Tintor dropped her disconnected astatine her location earlier the crash.

Both 23 years aged and immigrants from the Balkan country, Tintor and Filipovic became friends arsenic neighbors successful Las Vegas erstwhile they were 5, Filopovic told Fox5 KVVU-TV successful Las Vegas.

“She was conscionable astir to get her citizenship, and everything was going swell,” Filipovic said. “She’d springiness you a enarthrosis to thin on, and she’ll ever slap consciousness into you if you bash thing wrong. I privation I got to accidental goodbye, and I’ll spot you successful the adjacent life.”

A makeshift memorial to grant   Tina Tintor, 23 A makeshift memorial to grant Tina Tintor, 23, is seen astatine South Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway successful Las Vegas, Nev., connected Nov. 4, 2021. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Filipovic did not instantly respond Thursday to a telephone connection from The Associated Press.

Police and prosecutors accidental Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tintor’s Toyota Rav4 connected a residential boulevard astatine 3:39 a.m. Tuesday, rupturing its substance vessel and igniting a fire. The velocity bounds successful the country is 45 mph (72 kph).

Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured successful the Corvette. Both were hospitalized earlier Ruggs was booked aboriginal Tuesday into the Clark County Detention Center successful Las Vegas.

The Raiders fired Ruggs from the squad precocious Tuesday, hours earlier helium appeared earlier a Las Vegas justice who acceptable bail astatine $150,000 pending the filing of felony charges of driving nether the power of intoxicant resulting successful decease and reckless driving.

Ruggs’ blood-alcohol, measured astatine the hospital, was 0.16 percent, a authoritative said.

During an archetypal tribunal quality Wednesday, the 22-year-old erstwhile first-round NFL draught prime was seated successful a wheelchair with a foam brace connected his cervix and jailhouse guards astatine his elbows. He wasn’t asked to participate a plea.

Henry Ruggs, accused of DUI Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs, accused of DUI resulting successful death, is brought into the courtroom during his archetypal arraignment astatine the Regional Justice Center successful Las Vegas, Nev., connected Nov. 3, 2021. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

The grade of his injuries was not disclosed, though Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said extracurricular tribunal helium believed Ruggs suffered a limb injury.

Ruggs aboriginal posted enslaved and was freed to location apprehension and physics monitoring pending his adjacent tribunal day Nov. 10.

Kilgo-Washington, 23, suffered a superior limb wounded that Wolfson said volition pb to a 2nd complaint of DUI causing important bodily wounded astatine the Nov. 10 hearing.

Wolfson said helium mightiness besides record a limb complaint against Ruggs stemming from the find of a loaded handgun connected the level of the wrecked Corvette.

Tintor and her canine perished successful the burning Toyota, authorities and witnesses said.

A constabulary study said respective radical told investigators they saw the speeding Corvette, heard a large clang and tried to rescue Tintor. But they were turned backmost by heat, flames and smoke.

Tony Rodriguez, a motorist who stopped to help, told KTNV-TV that idiosyncratic utilized a occurrence extinguisher, but the occurrence grew quickly.

A information defender from a adjacent condominium assemblage told constabulary helium was forced backmost by vigor and flames.

A neighbour told constabulary a Dodge Durango SUV arrived and parked down the Corvette moments aft the crash, and respective radical got retired of the SUV and left. Police and prosecutors person not said who was successful that vehicle. Wolfson said Wednesday the probe was continuing.

Rodriguez told KTNV helium tried to chopped Tintor’s spot loop and drawback her by the shoulders, but she was stuck successful the driver’s seat.

“Everything we tried conscionable wasn’t working,” helium said. “The spot loop was on, the aerial bags were successful the mode and the doorway was jammed.”

Filipovic told KLAS-TV that Tintor graduated from Durango High School successful Las Vegas and hoped to spell into the machine subject programming field.

Goran Glavas, president of St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church successful Las Vegas, released a connection calling Tintor “always polite and respectful conscionable similar remainder of her relatives and friends.” He said the Serbian assemblage successful Las Vegas was “extremely saddened by this unspeakable accident.”

Filopovic told KLAS that Tintor’s parent called her Tuesday morning, crying and asking if she knew wherever Tintor was.

“She was expected to aftermath up astatine 7 a.m. to tally errands, but she ne'er got location with her dog,” Filipovic said.

By Ken Ritter

Reuters

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