According to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, officers “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 indicates the front of the Chevrolet collided with the rear of the Toyota.
“The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as 22-year-old Henry Rugs (sic) III, remained on scene and showed signs of impairment. He was transported to UMC hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death. This is an on-going investigation,” the Las Vegas Metro PD said in their statement.
Ruggs was the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 2020 out of Alabama, No. 12 overall, and Raiders owner Mark Davis said at the time of the speedy wideout, “He was the only person I wanted in this draft.”
With 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns, Ruggs’ 19.5 yards per catch average was second in the NFL among pass catchers with at least 20 receptions. Drafted for his speed — he ran a 4.27-second 40 time at the combine — and ability to stretch the field, all four of Ruggs’ career touchdowns have been at least 46 yards.
Ruggs lost a childhood friend, Rod Scott, in a car accident in 2016 and Ruggs pays tribute to him by putting up three fingers — Scott wore No. 3 — to the sky after big plays.
The Raiders (5-2) were on their bye week but reported back to team headquarters on Monday before having an off day on Tuesday. They were scheduled to begin practicing Wednesday before Sunday’s game at the New York Giants (2-6).
On Jan. 4, Raiders Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs was involved in a single-car accident and arrested for DUI after a crash near the McCarran Airport Connector and East Sunset Road at 4:42 a.m., hours after the Raiders’ season-finale victory at Denver. But an ensuing investigation found Jacobs’ blood alcohol level was below the legal limit and DUI charges were not filed.