Ruggs lawyers: Witness says firefighting slow in fatal crash

Henry Ruggs’ lawyers are telling a judge they found a witness who says firefighters were slow to extinguish a vehicle fire sparked by a deadly crash that authorities blame on the former Raiders wide receiver

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A witness said firefighters were slow to extinguish a vehicle fire sparked by a deadly crash that authorities blame on former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, his lawyers say in a court filing.

Ruggs, 22, is accused of causing the pre-dawn crash by driving drunk at speeds up to 156 mph with his girlfriend in his Corvette sports car. The team released him hours after the crash.

Raiders owner Mark Davis was seen among more than 100 people entering the Thursday funeral for the woman who died, Tina Tintor, at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas. A private burial followed at a Las Vegas cemetery.

Tintor family members did not plan to make public comments about her memorials, said Sarah Thornton, spokeswoman for family attorney Farhan Naqvi.

Tintor, 23, emigrated from Serbia when she was a child, graduated from a Las Vegas high school and worked at a Target store. A friend told reporters last week that Tintor wanted to become a computer programmer and was close to obtaining her U.S. citizenship. Her dog, Max, also died in the crash and fire.

“Firemen did not attempt to extinguish the fire at Ms. Tintor’s vehicle for approximately 20 minutes at which time the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames,” defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said in a Wednesday court filing that does not identify their witness.

The attorneys seek a court order to obtain Clark County Fire Department records about the pre-dawn Nov. 2 crash and fire. A Nov. 17 court hearing was scheduled.

A county spokesman, Erik Pappa, said in a statement Thursday there were “no delays in response or in the attack on the fire.”

"The captain on the scene reported that the vehicle was fully involved in fire upon arrival and the passenger compartment was not survivable for anyone inside,” the statement said.

Chesnoff and Schonfeld declined additional comment about their Wednesday request for a subpoena for fire department records. Chesnoff called the effort part of their own crash investigation. The witness told the attorneys he was at home nearby when he heard the crash and went to look.

Firefighters were “in a position to extinguish the vehicle fire while it was in its infancy stages and failed to do so,” the court filing said.

Earlier Wednesday, prosecutors filed additional felony charges of driving under the influence causing substantial injury and misdemeanor gun possession against Ruggs, who was charged last week with DUI causing death and felony reckless driving.

Chesnoff and Schonfeld appeared in court on behalf of Ruggs. They asked the judge to block release of Ruggs' medical records to prosecutors. Ruggs did not appear in person. A judge set a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing of evidence to determine whether he'll face trial in state court.

Ruggs and Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, his girlfriend, were both hospitalized following the crash. Prosecutors said Ruggs suffered a leg injury and Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury.

Ruggs faces at least two years of mandatory prison time if he’s convicted. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Ruggs could face more than 50 years behind bars if he’s convicted of all charges.

Ruggs has posted $150,000 bail and is on house arrest with strict conditions including four-times-a-day alcohol checks while the case proceeds.

Records show he owns a $1.1 million home not far from where the crash occurred.

He was picked 12th overall in the 2020 NFL draft after three years at Alabama during which he helped the Crimson Tide win the 2017 NCAA championship.

Ruggs had been emerging as a star wide receiver for the Raiders this season.

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A photography of Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog is placed at a makeshift memorial site to honor them at South Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor and her dog were killed when Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs, accused of DUI, slammed into the rear of Tintor's vehicle. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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A photography of Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog is placed at a makeshift memorial site to honor them at South Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor and her dog were killed when Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs, accused of DUI, slammed into the rear of Tintor's vehicle. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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A photography of Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog is placed at a makeshift memorial site to honor them at South Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor and her dog were killed when Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs, accused of DUI, slammed into the rear of Tintor's vehicle. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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FILE - This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his NFL job. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

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FILE - This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his NFL job. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)
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FILE - This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his NFL job. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

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FILE - This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his NFL job. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

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FILE - This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his NFL job. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)
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FILE - This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his NFL job. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

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Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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Pallbearers prepare to bring in the casket of Tina Tintor before a memorial at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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Mourners leave St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church following a memorial service for Tina Tintor, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor, 23, was killed in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III Nov. 2, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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