A coroner has determined that Tina Tintor burned to death during the Nov. 2 car crash that took her life. According to the official cause of death, Tintor died from “thermal injuries,” along with other injuries that she sustained in the crash.

After the autopsy, the Clark County coroner’s office released a statement about the young woman’s death and said, “other significant conditions contributing to her death were inhalation of products of combustion, fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs … left forearm and [chest]. The manner of her death was accidental.”

The crash happened in a residential neighborhood of Las Vegas between Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway at around 3:30 a.m. The 23-year-old was allegedly hit by former Raiders player Henry Ruggs, who was driving home with his girlfriend, Rudy Washington, at the time of the crash.

Both Tina Tintor and her dog Max died in the devastating Las Vegas car crash. According to reports, the crash happened with such force that it caused Tintor’s car to immediately burst into flames and trap her and her dog inside.

A cause of death for Tina Tintor was revealed this week. The young woman passed away during the Nov. 2 car crash allegedly caused by Henry Ruggs. (Credit: Facebook)
A cause of death for Tina Tintor was revealed this week. The young woman passed away during the Nov. 2 car crash allegedly caused by Henry Ruggs. (Credit: Facebook)

Police reports say that Ruggs was driving under the influence and was traveling at a speed of 156 mph when he slammed into the back of Tina Tintor’s Toyota. The football player’s blood alcohol level measured 0.16 percent after the accident, which is twice the legal limit in Nevada.

Video from the crash site surfaced after the accident. In the video, Rudy Washington is seen hugging her boyfriend and crying as they both sit on the road next to Tintor’s burning car. Washington can be heard yelling at witnesses to help her boyfriend and telling Henry Ruggs that it’s going to be OK.

The former Raiders player is seen in the video visibly upset. He can be heard swearing, yelling, and sobbing after the crash.

At one point, his girlfriend yelled at bystanders and says, “Can we get help? Can you please help him,” she cried. “He is knocked unconscious!” It is unclear if the former football player was knocked totally unconscious after the crash. Police reported that the 22-year-old did show signs of impairment while they talked to him after the crash, and they later charged him with a DUI.

Henry Ruggs was charged with the devastating car crash that killed Tina Tintor. Her cause of death was just revealed. (Credit: BACKGRID)
Henry Ruggs was charged with the devastating car crash that killed Tina Tintor. Her cause of death was just revealed. (Credit: BACKGRID)

The 22-year-old was charged with five charges for his connection to the horrifying Nov. 2 crash. Those charges include felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in bodily harm, and two counts of reckless driving charges. If found guilty, the former Raider could face over 40 years in prison.

Since his arrest, Henry Ruggs was pulled from the Raiders team 24 hours after the devastating accident. He is also being kept under strict house arrest. Court reports show that the 22-year-old posted his $150,000 bail after his first court date and now his alcohol intake is being monitored by a device on his ankle.

His attorneys argue that the death of Tina Tintor was not Henry Ruggs’ fault, but instead was caused by the Clark County fire department. A witness reported that firefighters were slow to put out the blazing car. A spokesperson for the department has denied these claims and said that it was not possible for someone to survive a fire that strong.

Henry Ruggs has two more court dates coming up. A status check will happen on Jan. 4, 2022 and then the former Raiders player will have his preliminary court meeting on March 10, 2022.

Since the crash, friends and family of Tina Tintor have taken to social media to share their memories about the 23-year-old. According to friends, Tintor was trying to become a computer programmer and had quit her job at Target to work for an insurance company.

“She was a force to be reckoned with in the best possible way,” Mia Galvan, a high school friend, said after the crash. “She was never afraid to be herself. She never grew out of that.”

After her death, a mural of Tintor and Max was painted at the Hearts Alive Village in Las Vegas to honor them. The nonprofit works to help families with animals receive affordable care and food. They are the largest pet food bank in the city.

Hearts Alive Village executive director Christy Stevens said, “We are so humbled and grateful to Tina Tinotor’s family for taking such a horrible tragedy and to create a legacy for Tina and Max to help other animals and people.”