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As first reported by TMZ, and subsequently confirmed by multiple sources, Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in an automobile accident early Tuesday morning that resulted in a fatality. The Las Vegas Police Department released the following statement:
On November 2, at approximately 3:39 a.m., the LVMPD responded to a traffic collision near the intersection of South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway, involving a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota Rav4. Responding officers located the Toyota on fire. Fire department personnel responded and located a deceased victim inside the Toyota. The preliminary investigation indicated the front of the Chevrolet collided with the rear of the Toyota.
The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as 22-year-old Henry Ruggs III, remained in scene and showed signs of impairment. He was transported to UMB Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death. This is an on-going investigation.
Per the Nevada State Legislature, the penalty for DUI causing substantial bodily harm or death (NRS 484C.430) is a minimum of two and a maximum of 20 years in prison with no probation or suspended sentence, a mandatory fine of $2,000-$5,000, and a three-year license suspension.
NRS 484C.430 states that this is the “penalty if death or substantial bodily harm results; exception; segregation of offender; plea bargaining restricted; suspension of sentence and probation prohibited; affirmative defense; exception; aggravating factor.”
We will have more details on this story as they become available.