LAS VEGAS (AP) An attorney for former Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs’ girlfriend said Thursday he would appeal a Las Vegas judge’s decision to grant prosecutors access to the records the woman’s medical after a fatal high-speed crash that cost Ruggs his spot. the team.
Appeal by attorney Peter Christiansen on behalf of Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington would block access to Kilgo-Washington records until the matter is resolved.
Christiansen declined to comment further after Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman ruled that prosecutors could get Kilgo-Washington’s written medical records, but not the testimony of medical professionals who treated her after the death. November 2 accident.
In court filings, the attorney maintains that Kilgo-Washington is not charged with a crime and that her medical information is protected by federal and state doctor-patient confidentiality laws.
Prosecutors said they expected records to show Kilgo-Washington suffered significant injuries in the crash. Kilgo-Washington and Ruggs have a young daughter together.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said prosecutors were told Ruggs suffered a leg injury and Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury. Both were hospitalized after the wreckage sparked a vehicle fire that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog, Max.
Another judge previously granted prosecutors access to Ruggs’ medical records.
He is charged with felony driving under the influence causing death and substantial bodily harm, and two felony counts of careless driving. He remains under house arrest pending a preliminary evidence hearing on March 10 and a judge’s decision whether he will be tried in state court.
The 22-year-old former NFL first-round pick is accused of driving 156 mph (251 kph) through a residential area with a blood alcohol level of 0.16% – twice the legal limit in Nevada – before his Chevrolet Corvette crashed into the back of Tintor’s vehicle.
Ruggs was released by the Raiders several hours after the crash.
He was also charged with possession of a firearm after police reported finding a loaded handgun in his wrecked sports car following the accident.
Ruggs would serve a mandatory minimum of two years in prison and could face more than 50 years if found guilty on all charges.
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