The crash happened on Feb. 4, 2021, near GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, and injured five people, including two children Reid pleaded guilty to his charges of drunken driving, speeding and hitting two cars, which led to multiple injured people
Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, has been sentenced to three years in prison for driving drunk, speeding and hitting two stopped cars that left a 5-year-old girl with a serious brain injury last year.
The sentence was announced Tuesday, and it falls in line with the plea deal Reid negotiated with prosecutors, which carried a maximum of four years in prison. The charges carried a maximum sentence of seven years.
On Feb. 4, 2021, just days before the Chiefs were to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, Reid was driving around 84 mph in a 65 mph zone when his Dodge Ram truck hit two parked cars on a ramp to Interstate 435, which is near Arrowhead Stadium.
Ariel Young was one of five people hurt in the incident. She suffered a traumatic brain injury that her parents say has changed her forever. Her health has improved since the crash, but she drags one of her feet when she walks, has bad balance and has to wear thick glasses for eyesight. The lawyer of the family, Tom Porto, recently ripped the plea deal that Reid received.
“The five victims of this crime are outraged the prosecuting attorney is not seeking maximum sentence allowable by law,” Porto said in September. “The defendant is a prior offender whose actions caused a 5-year-old girl to be in a coma and seriously injured three others.”
In a statement released through attorney Tom Porto, family members said they are “outraged” that Reid did not receive the maximum seven-year prison sentence.
“No amount of prison time will ever be enough to punish the Defendant for the pain and suffering he caused this family and the ongoing difficulties that Ariel will continue to endure for the rest of her life,” the family said
According to charging documents, Reid’s truck was going almost 84 mph on Interstate 435 in Kansas City in the seconds before it struck the first of two sedans that had pulled over on the shoulder of the highway; one had run out of gas, and the other had come to assist. Reid told police he hadn’t seen the first car because it didn’t have any lights on. Reid, who suffered a serious groin injury in the crash, had a serum blood alcohol concentration of .113 roughly two hours later, according to police. The legal limit is .08.
The crash left Ariel, who was a passenger in one of the sedans, with life-threatening head injuries, including a skull fracture and brain contusions. She spent 11 days in a coma and more than two months in the hospital.
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One of the vehicles Reid hit had stalled because of a dead battery, and the second was owned by Ariel’s mother, who had arrived to help. The Chiefs reached a confidential settlement with Ariel’s family last year to pay for her ongoing medical treatment and other expenses.
I really regret what I did,” Reid said at the time. “I made a huge mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”
Felicia Miller, Young’s mother, read into the record a victim impact statement, saying the victims of the crash were offended Reid sought probation, and they did not accept his apology, per http://NFL.com