Henry Ruggs III, Raiders Player, Accused of Driving Under Influence After Fatal Crash

Las Vegas Raiders' wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a car crash that left one person dead.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), the accident reportedly occurred at around 3:39 a.m. local time near the intersection of South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway.

According to police, a Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Rav 4 were involved in the crash. The LVMPD said on Twitter that when officers arrived on the scene, the Toyota Rav 4 was on fire.

"Fire department personnel responded and located a deceased victim inside the Toyota," the LVMPD said.

The LVMPD said that Ruggs was identified as the driver of the Chevrolet Corvette.

According to the LVMPD, the preliminary investigation suggested that Ruggs' vehicle allegedly hit the rear side of the Toyota Rav 4.

The LVMPD said that Ruggs remained on scene after the incident and allegedly "showed signs of impairment."

"He was transported to UMC hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries," LVMPD said in a tweet. "Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death."

Twitter user Hector Mejia of KLAS-TV in Las Vegas shared photos of the two vehicles involved in the incident.

"Rainbow is still closed in both directions while fatal investigators get a better look with daylight," Mejia wrote in a tweet with a video of the two cars.

Rainbow is still closed in both directions while fatal investigators get a better look with daylight. Waiting for @LVMPD to release info on injuries or fatalities. @8NewsNow https://t.co/cS6w8Rrvb5 pic.twitter.com/SsO85v66VM

— Hector Mejia (@hectormejianews) November 2, 2021

According to ESPN, Ruggs could face two to 20 years in prison if convicted.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Raiders said, "The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas."

"We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family," the statement continued. "We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time."

Ruggs was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft after playing under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.

This season, Ruggs has 24 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns. He is currently averaging 19.5 yards per catch, which is the second-highest for wide receivers in the NFL.

The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off of a bye week and are currently in first place in the AFC West with a 5-2 record. According to ESPN, the Raiders had a day off on Tuesday ahead of their scheduled practice on Wednesday. They are set to play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday.

Henry Ruggs III
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was charged with driving under the influence after a fatal crash on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Above, Ruggs warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty