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Benny Worthy Jr. 2:06am
Henry Ruggs III, formerly of the Las Vegas Raiders, is facing even more legal charges after a deadly crash that left a 23-year-old woman and her dog dead.
Clark County prosecutors now intend to charge Ruggs with additional counts of DUI and reckless driving, both resulting in substantial bodily harm, as well as possession of a firearm while under the influence, a misdemeanor, according to Rio Lacanlale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Ruggs had already been facing two felony charges of DUI and reckless driving, both resulting in death. The DUI resulting in death charge carries a sentence of 2-20 years, while the reckless driving charge is 1-6 years. With the new charges, Ruggs now reportedly faces up to 40 years in prison.
The new charges for Ruggs reportedly stem from the injuries incurred by his front-seat passenger, girlfriend and mother of his child Rudy Washington, and the loaded gun found in his totaled Chevrolet Corvette. Washington was hospitalized following the crash and underwent surgery for a severe arm injury on Tuesday. Prosecutors are reportedly expected to formally file their criminal complaint in a status hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Shortly before the crash, Ruggs had been allegedly driving at 156 mph in his Corvette with a blood alcohol level twice the Nevada legal limit.
The impact of the crash was reportedly powerful enough to propel Tintor's Toyota RAV4 forward by 571 feet. Her car burst into flames following the crash and eyewitnesses say they heard her screaming before her death. Less than 24 hours after the crash, the Raiders released Ruggs. He has received emotional support from sources such as teammates and former coaches, but there seems little doubt that he is facing a serious prison sentence. One attorney who has defended over 500 DUI cases told Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel that the circumstances are the worst he has ever seen in such cases.
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