A witness to the car crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III has revealed how he desperately tried to lift the deceased woman from her car, but the blaze was just too much to handle.
Speaking to KTNV, Tony Rodriguez said he was one of the first witnesses at the crash scene several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip around 3:30 a.m. Rodriguez was hoping to save the woman, identified as 23-year-old Tina Tintor, but the fire quickly spread and she got stranded in her 2013 Toyota RAV4.
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âI thought for sure we were going to be able to do something. The fire was so small back then,â Rodriguez said. “It just grew fast. Really fast. There was one person with a fire extinguisher, a county employee, that didn’t work. It wasn’t enough. It was so fast.”
The witness said the victim was still breathing at the time. âEverything we tried just didn’t work. The fire grew so fast,â he said. âShe was actually still alive. You could hear her breathing. She had her seat belt on and I was trying to cut her off. I was trying to grab them by the shoulders and pull them off but it didn’t work. They were there. pinned. The seat belt was on, the airbags were in the way and the door was stuck. “
Rodriguez was referring to Tintor and his companion dog, who also died in the crash. Ruggs was then released by the Raiders hours before an initial court appearance on multiple felony charges. Prosecutors said the NFL star was driving his 2020 Corvette 156 mph 2.5 seconds before the crash and the car slowed to 127 mph when the airbag inflated. According to Fox 5 Vegas, Ruggs had a blood alcohol level of 0.161, more than double the legal limit in the state of Nevada.
Lawyers for the assailant described him as “an excellent teammate and member of the community” before he posted $ 150,000 bail and was released. Rodriguez, who told KTNV it was “nice to have all that money” in reference to the bail, sent a message to Tintor’s family saying witnesses at the scene had tried everything to save her. “I have not slept since the accident,” he said. “It’s horrible. It’s sad that someone could go so fast and cause this accident like that. I’m sorry.”
Here is Tina Tintor and her dog Maxi. The two were killed in a DUI crash involving ex-Raider Henry Ruggs III. Tonight at 10 o’clock @ FOX5Vegas hear her best friend who has just been dropped off by her a few minutes before the accident on Tuesday morning pic.twitter.com/3W4vPKnyja
– Drew AndrÃ© (@DrewJandre) November 4, 2021
Tintor, 23, graduated from Durango High School and planned to study computer programming. She has been described by her friend Bojana Filipovic as bright, intelligent and extremely charismatic. Filipovic placed and lit several candles to honor his boyfriend at an intersection in Spring Valley on November 3. âShe would give you a shoulder to lean on, and she will always vouch for you if you do something wrong,â Filipovic told Fox 5, laughing as he recalled the sweet times they had together. “I love you very much. I wish I could say goodbye to you and I will see you in the next life,” she added.