In the aftermath of the passing of Bengals receiver Chris Henry, questions remain regarding the cause of his death.
What’s known is that he fell out of the back of a moving pickup truck, which was driven by his fiance, Loleini Tongas. What isn’t known is whether he jumped, whether he accidentally fell, or whether she affirmatively tried to eject him.
Carrie Whitaker of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a witness heard Henry threaten to jump if Tongas didn’t stop.
“He was banging on the top, on the doors, screaming at the lady, ‘We need to talk,’” said Lee Hardy. “He said, ‘If you take off, I’m going to jump off the truck and kill myself.’”
911 calls also have been released regarding the incident; one came from a woman who was driving behind the truck, and the other one came from a man who reported the presence of a man “laying in the road . . . he looks dead, there’s no movement.”
Whitaker also reports that police have concluded that Tongas immediately stopped the truck and rushed to assist Henry.
Meanwhile, the folks at TMZ.com, who have diverted a portion of the resources that have been focused on the three-week Tiger Woods watch, report that Henry and Tongas had met with a wedding planning company the day before the accident, and that he was “annoyed” and “aggravated” by the cost of planning the wedding. A representative of the company told TMZ that the couple “bickered” over the details, and that Henry eventually walked out.
They were due to be married on March 15.