Ex-Chiefs coach Britt Reid pleads guilty in pre-Super Bowl crash that left girl in a coma


Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid pleaded guilty Monday to felony drunk driving resulting in serious physical injury resulting from a 2021 accident, which occurred when his pickup truck crashed. hit two cars stopped on a freeway on-ramp and seriously injured a 5-year-old girl.

Reid, the 37-year-old son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, was due to stand trial on September 26. Britt Reid had faced up to seven years in prison, but the plea deal means he now faces up to four years in prison. He entered his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City. Sentencing is set for October 28.

Then-Chiefs linebacker coach Britt Reid spoke to the media in January 2020.

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While questioning Reid to confirm he understood the plea deal, Circuit Judge Charles McKenzie said Reid could also serve a short jail term and then be placed on probation if he qualifies for good behavior.

Investigators say Reid was intoxicated and driving about 84 mph (135 km/h) when his Dodge truck hit cars on an Interstate 435 on-ramp near Arrowhead Stadium on February 4 2021.

A girl inside one of the cars, Ariel Young, suffered head trauma. Six people, including Reid, were injured in the crash.

In court on Monday, Reid admitted he was drinking the night of the crash.

“I really regret what I did,” Reid said. “I made a huge mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.

Tom Porto, an attorney representing Ariel’s family, said they oppose the plea deal.

“The five victims of this crime are outraged that the prosecutor is not asking for the maximum sentence allowed by law,” Porto said. “The defendant is a former offender whose actions sent a 5-year-old girl into a coma and seriously injured three others.”

A Kansas City police officer who arrived at the scene of the crash said he could smell alcohol and Reid’s eyes were bloodshot, according to court documents. Reid had a blood alcohol level of .113 two hours after the crash, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.

One of the vehicles he hit had stalled due to a dead battery and the second belonged to Ariel’s mother, who had arrived to help.

In court on Monday, Reid admitted he was drinking the night of the crash.

“I really regret what I did,” Reid said. “I made a huge mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.

Tom Porto, an attorney representing Ariel’s family, said they oppose the plea deal.

“The five victims of this crime are outraged that the prosecutor is not asking for the maximum sentence allowed by law,” Porto said. “The defendant is a former offender whose actions sent a 5-year-old girl into a coma and seriously injured three others.”

The Chiefs reached a confidential agreement with Ariel’s family in November to pay for her ongoing medical treatment and other expenses.

Reid underwent emergency surgery for a groin injury after the crash. The Chiefs placed Reid on administrative leave and his work with the team ended after his contract expired.

It’s not the first legal problem for Reid, who graduated from a drug treatment program in Pennsylvania in 2009 after a series of run-ins with law enforcement. His father was then a coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Britt Reid’s older brother, Garrett, served a two-year sentence in a Pennsylvania state drug program after being arrested on drug-related charges. Garrett Reid was found dead in August 2012 in his dorm at Lehigh University, where he was attending Eagles training camp. A coroner ruled he died of an accidental heroin overdose.




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