The woman killed in a harrowing pre-dawn crash allegedly caused by former Las Vegas Raiders wideout Henry Ruggs III burned to death, a coroner has determined.
Tina Tintor, 23, died of “thermal injuries” on Nov. 2 when Ruggs allegedly plowed his Corvette — which prosecutors said was speeding as fast as 156 mph — into her Toyota RAV4.
Tintor and her dog Max died in the fireball in Las Vegas.
The Clark County coroner’s office released the findings, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Other significant conditions contributing to her death were inhalation of products of combustion, fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs … left forearm and [chest],” the statement said. “The manner of her death was accidental.”
Police said Ruggs’ Corvette Stingray struck Tintor’s SUV with “such violent force” that it immediately burst into flames, trapping her and her dog inside despite rescue efforts at the scene, the Review-Journal reported.
Ruggs, 22, who was selected 12th overall by the Raiders in 2020, was cut by the team less than 24 hours after the deadly crash. He was caught on video sobbing in the street with his girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, 22, as Tintor’s car was fully engulfed in flames.
“That’s Henry Ruggs right there,” a witness said at one point. “He plays for the Raiders.”
Tintor, of Las Vegas, hoped to become a computer programmer. She had worked for Target for about two years before recently taking an insurance company job, the Review-Journal reported.
“She was a force to be reckoned with in the best possible way,” high school friend Mia Galvan told the newspaper last month. “She was never afraid to be herself. She never grew out of that.”
Prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood alcohol content was later shown to be .161, or more than double the legal limit. He’s been charged with felony counts of DUI resulting in death and reckless driving and faces up to 40 years if convicted.
Ruggs remains on house arrest under strict conditions, including alcohol monitoring via a device attached to his leg, after posting $150,000 bail.
The next court date for the former Raiders emerging star is a status check on Jan. 4, followed by a preliminary hearing on March 10, the Review-Journal reported.
Attorneys for Ruggs — who declined Tuesday to comment on the coroner’s report — have suggested in court filings they may question whether the disgraced NFL standout caused Tintor’s death, alleging a witness at the scene told them firefighters were slow to respond as flames engulfed Tintor’s Toyota.
A Clark County spokesman has denied that claim, saying the passenger compartment of the vehicle was “not survivable” for any occupants.