According to Clark County chief deputy district attorney Eric Bauman, on November 21, 2021, Henry was driving his Corvette at 156 mph before the crash occurred.
He also had a blood alcohol content of .161, which is twice the legal limit for the state of Nevada.
When Henry Ruggs III slammed into the back of Tina’s Toyota RAV4 both cars rolled over 500 feet before the RAV4 caught on fire.
Officials said Henry appeared impaired at the scene, but he refused to take a field sobriety before he was transported to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada with non-life-threatening injuries.
Tina Tintor and her dog, Max, were killed in the fiery collision.
Tintor was a Serbian immigrant who friends and family members said graduated from a Las Vegas high school, worked at a Target store, wanted to become a computer programmer, and was close to obtaining her U.S. citizenship.
Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, Henry Ruggs’ fiance and mother of their daughter, was a passenger in his car and she was also injured.
Kiara refused to cooperate with the prosecution as a victim.
In May, Henry pleaded guilty to felony DUI causing death and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
He remained free on house arrest shortly after the crash.
Henry Ruggs took a plea deal to avoid a trial.
Before he was sentenced on Wednesday (August 9), he addressed the court saying, “I sincerely apologize. I have no excuses.”
In a statement, Tina Tintor’s mother, Mirjana Komazec, said:
We pray that Henry Ruggs is blessed with the opportunity to be able watch his beautiful daughter grow into the amazing woman she can be. And we pray that this terrible accident inspires positive change in the world. We pray that we all take away the importance of looking out for one another, remembering everyone we meet is another human’s loved one.
My prayers are with Tina’s family and loved ones.
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Source: AP News