The woman who died in a fiery crash that authorities blame on ex-Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III driving drunk at racetrack speeds burned to death, the county coroner in Las Vegas said Tuesday.
Tina Tintor, 23, of Las Vegas, ‘died from thermal injuries due to a motor vehicle collision on Nov. 2,’ according to a statement from Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse that was released through a county spokesman.
‘Other significant conditions contributing to her death were inhalation of products of combustion, fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs… left forearm and (chest),’ the statement said. ‘The manner of her death was accidental.’
Ruggs, 22, is accused of causing the pre-dawn crash by driving drunk at speeds up to 156 mph (251 kph) with his girlfriend in his Corvette sports car before it slammed into the rear of Tintor’s Toyota Rav4 on a residential street where the speed limit is 45 mph (72 kph).
The professional football player’s blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent after the crash, according to prosecutors. That is twice the legal limit for Nevada drivers.
Ruggs (right) is due next week for a preliminary hearing of evidence alleging he was driving 156 mph (251 kph) with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent – twice the legal limit in Nevada – before his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor’s vehicle, which caught fire. Tintor (left), 23, and her dog, Max, died as flames consumed her Toyota Rav4 SUV. Several of her family members sat with their attorney Wednesday in court but declined to comment
A photograph of Tina Tintor and her dog is displayed among items left at a roadside memorial near the site where they died in a vehicle crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders player Henry Ruggs III on November 4, 2021 at around 3.40a.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada
Tina Tintor, 23, ‘died from thermal injuries due to a motor vehicle collision on Nov. 2,’ an autopsy reported from the Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse read. Pictured: The Toyota RAV4 (left), belonging to Tintor, and a Chevrolet Corvette, owned by Riggs, that were involved in a fatal car accident are shown on November 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Witnesses on the scene of the accident allegedly heard screams and tried to rescue Tintor and her dog, who were trapped by heat, flames and smoke. Pictured: Members of the Clark County fire Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department working the scene of the car accident involving Ruggs and Tintor
Ruggs also allegedly refused to take a sobriety test at the scene of the incident, but complied with authorities after being taken to hospital.
Consequently, the Las Vegas Raiders released Ruggs less than 24 hours after the crash. He remains on house arrest with strict conditions after posting $150,000 bail, including wearing an ankle-wrapped GPS on one leg and an alcohol monitoring device on the other.
Attorneys for Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, have declined to specify the injuries that they suffered. Both were hospitalized after the wreck at around 3.40a.m. on Nov. 2, with Kilgo-Washington rumored to have underwent surgery for a severe arm injury.
Ruggs was later charged with two felony counts, DUI and reckless driving, which could result in up to 50 years behind bars, if convicted.
Former Las Vegas Raiders player Henry Ruggs III (right) appears in court with his attorney Richard Schonfeld at the Regional Justice Center on November 22. A Las Vegas judge said Wednesday he’ll decide by the end of the day whether to limit medical information that prosecutors receive about Ruggs following a fiery crash that killed a woman. Ruggs didn’t have to appear in court while Schonfeld argued before Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Robert Walsh that although state law lets police and prosecutors obtain a report about his client’s blood-alcohol level following the early November 2 crash, it doesn’t let a judge compel first-responders to testify about his physical condition
Witnesses told police they heard screams coming from the burning car, and tried to rescue Tintor and her dog (pictured), who were trapped inside. Heat, flames and smoke prevented authorities from saving the 23-year-old
If convicted of Tintor’s death, Ruggs could face up to 50 years behind bars. Pictured: Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021
The former NFL player’s lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, have suggested through court filings that they may question whether Ruggs caused Tintor’s death.
They did not immediately respond Tuesday to requests for comment about the coroner’s findings.
The lawyers told a judge in a court document last month that they found a witness who told them firefighters were slow to respond while flames consumed the car where Tintor and her dog, Max, died. They didn’t identify the witness.
Other witnesses told police they heard screams and tried to rescue Tintor and her dog but were turned back by heat, flames and smoke.
Attorney Farhan Naqvi, representing Tintor’s family, declined to comment on Tuesday.
A preliminary hearing of evidence in Ruggs’ case has been delayed from this week to March 10.
Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa denied in a Nov. 11 statement there were any ‘delays in response or in the attack on the fire.’
The statement said the arriving fire captain reported that the vehicle was fully involved in flames upon arrival ‘and the passenger compartment was not survivable for anyone inside.’
Ruggs (left) and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington (right), were injured in the wreck. Attorneys for Ruggs and Kilgo-Washington have declined to specify injuries to the couple
Las Vegas Raiders wide Receiver Henry Ruggs III was released by the NFL franchise less than 24 hours after his arrest. At the start of this year’s season, he was starting to slowly emerge as a star, with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns
Prior to his involvement in the fatal accident, Ruggs was supposed to be an exciting long-term prospect for the Raiders.
He was the 12th overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL draft after playing three years at Alabama, where he had 12 receptions for 229 yards and six touchdowns as freshman when the Crimson Tide won the NCAA championship in 2017.
After being drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders, Ruggs had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns in his first professional football season.
At the start of this year’s season, he was starting to slowly emerge as a star, with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns.
Now, after the crash, Ruggs remains on house arrest and is scheduled for a status check on January 6, followed by a preliminary hearing on March 10.