CMPD: No charges against Henry's fiancee

CMPD: No charges against Henry's fiancee

Loleini Tonga on ESPN's "Outside the Lines"

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 6 at 4:27 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced Wednesday that no charges will be filed against NFL player Chris Henry's fiancee in connection with his death.

Detectives say they found no evidence of reckless driving or excessive speed by Henry's fiancee, Loleini Tonga.

A medical examiner ruled that Henry's death was accidental and the Cincinnati Bengals player died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Henry died in December when he either fell or jumped out of the back of a pickup truck driven by Tonga.

CMPD said Wednesday that no witnesses actually saw how Henry came out of the back of the truck.

Tonga told ESPN in an interview that Henry jumped out of the truck, but he didn't do it with the intention of harming himself.

Tonga said she thinks Henry thought he would land safely and may have been scared because he saw someone calling the police.

"I wasn't going fast. Maybe he was scared because he saw someone calling police that was behind us. But as far as him wanting to end his life? No. He had too much going for him," Tonga told ESPN.

CMPD says Tonga was driving between 19 and 23 mph when the accident happened. The speed limit on Oakdale Road, where Henry fell out of the pickup, is 35 mph.

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