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Britt Reid: Ex-Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach charged over crash that left 5-year-old with brain injury

Justin Vallejo
·2-min read
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(Getty Images)

Britt Reid, the former assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) over the crash that put a five-year-old girl in a coma and left her with traumatic brain injury.

Mr Reid, 35, was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113, over the legal limit of 0.08, at the time of the 4 February crash, according to the Jackson County prosecutors office.

In announcing the charges, prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Mr Reid “acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed”.

Five-year-old girl, Ariel Young, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas, according to medical records.

She was in a coma for 11 days and was not released from hospital until 2 April, the family’s attorney Tom Porto told NBC News.

He said she remains unable to walk or talk and is fed through a feeding tube in her stomach. Two other people were also injured in the crash, including Ariel’s four-year-old cousin, Julianna.

Mr Reid, son of the Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was allegedly travelling at 84 miles per hour when he crashed his Dodge Ram pickup truck into two cars on a road shoulder three days before the team played in Super Bowl LV.

Following the crash, Mr Reid was placed on leave until the expiration of his contract with the team.

“The Kansas City Chiefs organization remains steadfast in our concern for all who have been impacted by this tragic accident,” the team said in a statement on Monday.

“The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family’s designated representative during this challenging time.”

If convicted, Mr Reid faces up to seven years in prison for the class D felony for the full charge of Driving While Intoxicated – Resulting In Serious Physical Injury. The prosecutor’s office requested a $100,000 bond, and that Mr Reid be placed on GPS and alcohol monitoring.

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