Lawyers for Henry Ruggs – Witness Says Firefighters Slow Down to Shut Down Tina Tintor’s Vehicle in Fatal Accident

November 11, 2021

LAS VEGAS – A witness said firefighters were slow to extinguish a vehicle fire caused by a fatal accident that authorities attribute to former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, his lawyers said in a court docket.

Ruggs, 22, is accused of causing the accident by driving drunk at speeds of up to 156 mph with his girlfriend in their Corvette sports car prior to the pre-dawn accident on Nov. 2. The team released him hours after the accident.

The funeral of the woman who died, 23-year-old Tina Tintor, was scheduled for Thursday at a Serbian Orthodox church, followed by a private burial in a Las Vegas cemetery.

“Firefighters did not attempt to put out the fire in Ms. Tintor’s vehicle for approximately 20 minutes, at which point the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames,” defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said in a court docket Wednesday that does not identify his witness.

Attorneys are seeking a court order to obtain Clark County Fire Department records on the accident and fire before dawn on November 2. A court hearing was scheduled for November 17.

A county spokesman, Erik Pappa, said in a statement Thursday that “there were no delays in responding or attacking the fire.”

“The captain at the scene reported that the vehicle was completely involved in a fire upon arrival and that the passenger compartment could not survive for anyone inside,” the statement said.

Members of the Tintor family did not plan to comment publicly on their memorials, said Sarah Thornton, a spokeswoman for the Farhan Naqvi family’s attorney.

Tintor immigrated from Serbia as a child, graduated from Las Vegas high school and worked at a Target store. A friend told reporters last week that Tintor had come close to obtaining his US citizenship. His dog, Max, also died in the accident and fire.

Chesnoff and Schonfeld declined to comment further on their request Wednesday for a subpoena for fire department records. Chesnoff called the effort part of the accident investigation. The witness told lawyers that he was at his nearby home when he heard the crash and went to look.

Firefighters were “in a position to extinguish the vehicle fire while it was in its initial stages and they did not,” the court file said.

Ruggs was already facing a felony DUI offense that resulted in death and reckless driving charges, but Ruggs was also hit with an additional felony DUI and reckless driving charges and a misdemeanor for possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Wednesday. The additional charges would mean additional jail time for Ruggs if convicted.

“The evidence supports a second felony DUI count,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told reporters Wednesday. “We believe that Mr. Ruggs’s girlfriend [Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington] was substantially injured, and under Nevada law, if one is substantially injured in a DUI collision as a result of the defendant’s actions, we may file a second charge. “

The former first-round pick in the NFL draft faces at least two years in mandatory prison if convicted. Wolfson said Ruggs could face more than 50 years behind bars if convicted on all charges.

Ruggs has posted bail of $ 150,000 and is under house arrest with strict conditions including alcohol checks four times a day as the case progresses.

Records show he owns a $ 1.1 million home not far from where the accident occurred.

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.