A former Kansas City Chiefs coach was charged with a felony DWI after a car crash that left a child with a brain injury

Britt Reid
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  • Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has been charged with a felony DWI.
  • Reid was involved in a crash in which his car hit a stopped car and a child was injured.
  • Reid is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. The crash occurred days before the Super Bowl.
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Former Chiefs assistant linebackers coach Britt Reid has been charged with driving while intoxicated, following a crash that left a 5-year-old girl with a traumatic brain injury.

Britt Reid is the son of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. On Monday, the Prosecuting Attorney’s office of Jackson County, Missouri, announced the charge, which carries a potential jail sentence of one to seven years, according to 41 Action News in Kansas City. A police investigation suggested that Reid was driving 135km/h in the moments leading up to the crash. A blood test after the incident showed Reid’s blood-alcohol level at .113.

The crash took place in early February, days before the Chiefs were set to play in the Super Bowl. On an entrance ramp to the Interstate 435 highway, a Chevy Impala had run out of gas. According to 41 Action News, another car was assisting the Impala, and Reid’s truck struck both of the other cars.

At the time, Reid told a Kansas City Police Department officer that he’d had two to three drinks before the collision. The officer reported that they could smell “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages,” per 41 Action News. Reid’s eyes also appeared bloodshot and red, according to the report.

Ariel Young, the 5-year-old girl in the car, was in critical condition after the crash. According to the Kansas City Star, Young is still unable to walk or speak. She was released from the hospital on April 2 to continue her treatment at home.

“The hope is that being in a familiar setting will trigger parts of her brain that have not woken up yet,” attorney Tom Porto, who is representing the family, told the Kansas City Star. “Undoubtedly, her recovery process will continue for a long time, if not indefinitely. It’s heartbreaking, and we are not sure what the future holds.”

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in early March, Porto said the family planned to “be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive.”

Reid was placed on administrative leave by the Chiefs after the incident and did not travel with the team ahead of their Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His contract was not renewed, and he is no longer with the team. Reid had been on the Chiefs coaching staff since his father took over the head coaching job in 2013.

“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. “Our prayers are focused on Ariel’s continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family’s designated representative during this challenging time.”