Who is Henry Ruggs' girlfriend? Rudy Washington sustains serious injuries in crash
Las Vegas Raiders star Henry Ruggs III is currently facing two felony counts as a result of a deadly car crash on November 2. According to reports, the football star was driving under the influence in his Corvette, when he crashed into another car, killing the woman driver on the spot. While he recovers at the hospital, he's been slapped with two charges that could see him go to prison for up to 20 years.
Separately, in July, free agent Richard Sherman was arrested in Washington for burglary domestic violence charges. Days before that, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was arrested on child sex offense charges. Way back in January, the Seattle Steelers booted Chad Wheeler after he was arrested for strangling his girlfriend.
Speaking of girlfriends, Ruggs wasn't the only occupant of the car when he crashed. His girlfriend was in the passenger seat and has also sustained serious injuries. The duo was being treated at a hospital, with Ruggs' injuries described as "non-life-threatening". Here's everything we know about Ruggs' girlfriend, and her present condition.
Who is Henry Ruggs' girlfriend?
Police have confirmed that Ruggs' girlfriend Rudy Washington was in the car with him at the time of the crash. She's reportedly a native of Alabama, and incidentally also a bit of an athlete. Reportedly, Washington played volleyball at Park Crossing High School, in Montgomery, and later at Paine College. It's believed the two met in high school and have been dating ever since.
Little else is known about Washington, apart from the fact she appears to be a YouTuber. She currently lives in Nevada with Ruggs, and over the past year has uploaded numerous videos to YouTube documenting her family life. Frequently featured in the videos is the couple's one-year-old daughter Kenzli who was born in May 2020. Beyond that, Washington maintains a very low profile so we haven't been able to find out more about her.
As to her current condition, it's not exactly known. Police have said she suffered "serious" injuries but refused to elaborate on what that means. We know Ruggs was transported to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment, but it's unclear if Washington was also taken there, or elsewhere. It doesn't appear as if Kenzli was in the car at the time, with reports only saying Ruggs and Washington were in his Corvette.
What happened to Henry Ruggs?
Police say Ruggs was traveling at "a high rate of speed" before he veered into the right lane of a three-lane road and slammed into the back of a Toyota SUV. The Toyota then caught fire, with the woman driver stuck in her seat and unable to get out. By the time first responders arrived, she was found dead. Police are still piecing together what exactly happened, but it seemed Ruggs was driving drunk, or after consuming drugs.
Police say the Raiders star showed "signs of impairment" at the scene, which is what led to the charges. Since he is still in the hospital being treated, police have booked him in absentia on counts of DUI with serious bodily harm and Reckless Driving with death or serious bodily harm. The first felony carries a 20-year sentence and the second a 1-6 year term. He's due in court on November 3.
Ruggs' attorneys issued a brief statement to TMZ Sports, saying, "we are conducting our own investigation as of this writing and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered." The Raiders and NFL have also issued statements, mourning the death of the 23-year-old woman.