The Las Vegas Raiders have released wide receiver Henry Ruggs III after being involved in a fatal crash on Tuesday morning that left a woman dead, ESPN reports.
In the aftermath of the deadly collision, Ruggs now faces felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving, according to court records. He was discharged from a hospital and then transported to jail earlier Tuesday.
He’s scheduled for his first court appearance on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 on a residential area several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip around 3:39 a.m. local time. Immediately, the Toyota burst into flames, killing the driver and her dog.
Along with his passenger, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, with whom he shares a young daughter, Ruggs was hospitalized with “serious” injuries but they did not appear life-threatening, the police said.
David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, Ruggs’ legal team, said they are in the process of investigating the accident “and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
Like most NFL teams, the Raiders offer car services for players who may be too impaired to drive and have a player engagement program that warns players of such risks. Releasing Ruggs before any involvement from the court, in a brief statement Tuesday night, the Raiders said the team was aware of the crash, “devastated by the loss of life,” and “in the process of gathering information.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement addressing the tragic incident.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim of this horrific tragedy,” the statement read. “We will continue to gather facts and monitor the matter under our policies, but our thoughts at this time are with those impacted by this devastating incident.”