Coroner: A woman killed in the accident of a former thief is burned alive | Sports News
By KEN RITTER, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The woman who died in a fiery crash that authorities attribute to former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III driving drunk at track speeds burnt to death, the County Coroner said on Tuesday. Las Vegas.
Tina Tintor, 23, of Las Vegas, “died of thermal injuries from a motor vehicle collision on Nov. 2,” according to a statement from Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse, released via a spokesperson for the county.
“Other significant conditions that contributed to his death were inhalation of combustion products, fractures of the bones of the nose, ribs on the right side (…) of the left forearm and (of the chest). “, says the press release. “The way she died was accidental. “
Ruggs, 22, is accused of causing the pre-dawn crash while driving drunk at speeds of up to 156 mph (251 km / h) with his girlfriend in his Corvette sports car before it collided with the back of Tintor’s Toyota Rav4 on a residential street where the speed limit was 45 mph (72 km / h).
The Raiders freed Ruggs hours after the crash. He remains under house arrest with strict conditions after posting a $ 150,000 bond. He has an ankle GPS on one leg and a blood alcohol monitor on the other.
Lawyers for Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, declined to elaborate on the injuries they sustained. Both were hospitalized after the sinking in early November 2.
Ruggs’ attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld have suggested through court records that they might question whether Ruggs caused Tintor’s death. They declined to comment on the coroner’s findings on Tuesday.
Lawyers told a judge in a court document last month that they found a witness who told them firefighters were slow to respond as flames consumed the car where Tintor and his dog, Max, died. They did not identify the witness.
Other witnesses told police they heard screams and tried to rescue Tintor and his dog, but were repelled by heat, flames and smoke.
Lawyer Farhan Naqvi, representing Tintor’s family, declined to comment on Tuesday.
A judge last week postponed a preliminary hearing of evidence in the Ruggs case from this week to March 10.
Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa denied in a Nov. 11 statement that there had been “delays in responding or in attacking the fire.”
The statement said the on-scene fire captain said the vehicle was fully involved in the flames when firefighters arrived “and the cabin was not survivable for anyone inside.”
Associated Press writer Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada, contributed to this report.
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