Las Vegas Wide Receiver Henry Ruggs Involved in Fatal Car Crash

Garrett Hall, Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 2nd, Henry Ruggs III crashed his Corvette into a RAV4 while driving under the influence. Before the impact Ruggs was driving at 156 miles per hour and when he made impact the car was traveling at approximately 127 miles per hour. Ruggs hit a 23-year-old woman’s car with her and her dog in the vehicle.


Footage of the wreck shows the RAV4 on fire with the woman and her dog still inside. Henry Ruggs, who was later found to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .16%, was sitting with his girlfriend outside of his car and clearly mentally impaired. Screaming for help, Ruggs’ girlfriend was holding him as he was passing in and out of consciousness. In the footage you can clearly hear Henry Ruggs sobbing and yelling.


 By the time first responders arrived, the woman and her dog were pronounced dead on the scene.


Later, it was found that Henry Ruggs III also had a loaded firearm in his vehicle during the crash, which he can get charged with. 


After seeking medical attention, Henry Ruggs was arrested by police officers and taken to Clark County Detention Center. He eventually got released on a $150,000 bail that was given by Judge Joe Bonaventure, though the state had requested $1 million . Prior to his release police followed protocol by checking his house and requiring high-level electronic monitoring. Ruggs was also required to give up his passport, ordered not to drive, and abstain from alcohol.


Just hours after the news of the crash broke, the Las Vegas Raiders released him. 


Ruggs’ Quarterback, Derek Carr, had this to say about the situation: 

I will always be here for him. That won’t change, and I will prove that over the course of time to him. Not to anybody else. But he needs people to love him right now. He’s probably feeling a certain type of way about himself right now, and he needs to be loved. And if no one else will do it, I’ll do it.”


The former Alabama wide receiver was a highly productive player for the Raiders and was only in his second year with the team. Over his career he mustered up 50 receptions for 921 yards and 4 touchdowns. In the game preceding this accident, Ruggs had 4 receptions for 24 yards.