Chris Henry has died Thursday, one day after suffering serious injuries upon falling out of the back of a pickup truck in what authorities describe as a domestic dispute with his fiancee. Henry was 26.
Police will not file charges against the fiancee of late Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry in connection with his death last month.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced Wednesday that there was
no evidence that Loleini Tonga drove recklessly or with excessive
speed last month when Henry came out of the back of her pickup
truck on a curvy, residential road and suffered fatal injuries.
"The speed limit on Oakdale Road is 35 mph and the estimated
speed at the time of accident was between 19-23 mph," police said
in a statement.
Police say Henry and Tonga were arguing at home owned by Tonga's
family in northwest Charlotte on the morning of Dec. 16 when Tonga
attempted to drive away. A witness said he saw a shirtless Henry
jump into the back of the truck.
A 911 caller said she saw Henry beating on the back window as
she drove behind the truck. About a minute later, another 911
caller said he saw an unresponsive man laying in the road.
Henry died a day later of blunt-force trauma to the head. He was
"Homicide detectives interviewed Ms. Tonga who was cooperative
throughout the duration of the investigation," police said. "Her
statement was consistent with witness accounts. However, there were
no witnesses that actually saw how Mr. Henry came out of the back
of the truck."
Tonga told ESPN this week that Henry jumped out of the back, but
was not trying to harm himself. She said she thinks Henry thought
he would land safely and may have been scared because he saw
someone calling the police.