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New Details Prove Sacked NFL Player Was Driving 251 Km/h In Fatal Car Crash

New Details Prove Sacked NFL Player Was Driving 251 Km/h In Fatal Car Crash

Henry Ruggs III is now facing up to 26 years in prison.

Max Sherry

Max Sherry

NFL star Henry Ruggs III is facing up to 26 years in prison after he was involved in a car crash which left a 23-year-old woman dead.

Newly-released details also claim that he was going upwards of 250 km/h during the high-speed DUI collision.


It's understood Ruggs registered a blood-alcohol content twice that of the legal limit and was subsequently booked into Las Vegas jail after he was assessed at a local hospital.

Police say he "showed signs of impairment" at the scene.

"It is the worst set of circumstances I've ever seen in a DUI case," said Craig Mordock of Mordock Legal in New Orleans.

"He has had no previous trouble with the law and I would assume by the time he gets around to sentencing he'll be able to show a great deal of remorse.

"But in the end I don't think that saves him."

When news of his arrest broke, the Las Vegas Raiders wasted no time in releasing Ruggs from his multi-million-dollar NFL contract.


The 22-year-old will now appear in court facing felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death as well as reckless driving.

According to reports, Ruggs was not asked to enter a plea as the formal filing of charges by Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson are still underway.

That said, new evidence has surfaced showing just how fast Ruggs was travelling at the time of the fatal incident.

Prosecutor Eric Bauman revealed that an air bag computer within Ruggs' Corvette sports car recorded him decelerating from 156 mph (251 km/h) to 127 mph (204 km/h) just a matter of seconds before he struck the victim's Toyota.

Ruggs and his passenger miraculously survived, but the same couldn't be said for the other driver who sadly passed away at the scene.


The wide receiver had his bail set at $150,000 with conditions stating that he had to stay at home and be monitored.

He is also not allowed any alcohol and has had his passport seized.

Joe M. Bonaventure, who is overseeing the case, admitted that he had never witnessed someone going that fast in a car crash since he began his career as a judge.

"I cannot recall a speed that high in my career on the bench," judge Joe M. Bonaventure said.

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Topics: American Football, NFL, Australia