Ex-Chiefs’ Assistant Coach Britt Reid Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge In 2021 Crash That Injured Five-Year- Old.
Former assistant coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Britt Reid, has pled guilty to felony driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury. The case against Reid stems from a car crash that happened in 2021, when the former coach struck two stopped cars on an interstate entrance ramp with his pickup truck and critically injured a 5-year-old girl, who was later identified as Ariel Young.
The 37-year-old had reportedly been scheduled to stand trial on September 26th, and faced up to seven years in prison for the charge. However, the plea deal means that Reid now faces a potential sentence that ranges from probation to four years in prison. Reid’s sentencing has been scheduled for October 28th, after he entered his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City. Britt is the son of Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid.
During Monday’s court session, Reid reportedly acknowledged that he was drinking on the night of the crash and stated that he regrets his actions.
“I really regret what I did. I made a huge mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”
Attorney Tom Porto, the lawyer who is representing Ariel’s family, stated that the family opposes the plea deal and that the other five victims of the incident “are outraged”.
“The five victims of this crime are outraged. The prosecuting attorney is not seeking maximum sentence allowable by law. The defendant is a prior offender whose actions caused a 5-year-old girl to be in a coma and seriously injured three others.”
Reid was expected to plead guilty to the felony charge of driving while intoxicated, according to the Jackson County (Missouri) Circuit Court records. The injuries Young sustained include traumatic brain injury. Reid suffered a groin injury as a result of the crash, which required emergency surgery. Reid’s attorney J.R Hobbs issued a statement on Tuesday, stating how sincerely sorry his client is to everyone that has been affected by his actions.
“He sincerely regrets his conduct and hopes and prays for the continued recovery for A.Y. [Ariel Young]. Mr. Reid sincerely apologizes to A.Y. and her family, and to his own family. He also extends his deep apologies to the Hunt family, the Chiefs organization and Chiefs Kingdom. Mr. Reid is sorry for his actions and hopes that his plea brings some sense of justice to all those he affected.”
According to the police, the crash happened on an entrance ramp near Arrowhead Stadium in February 2021. Reid was allegedly intoxicated and speeding when he struck two parked vehicles. Reid’s speed was reported as approximately 84 mph prior to the crash, and he allegedly possessed a blood alcohol level of 0.113 (legal limit is 0.08), two hours after the crash, according to police.
The Chiefs reached a confidential agreement with Young’s family back in November, agreeing to pay for her ongoing medical treatment as well as other expenses. Reid’s contract with the Chiefs expired after he was initially placed on administrative leave.
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