Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has been charged with impaired driving following an investigation into the February crash that seriously injured a 5-year-old girl, announced Monday a county attorney.
According to documents released by Jackson (Mo) County Attorney’s Office, Jean Peters Baker, Reid had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 about two hours after the Feb. 4 accident in which his Dodge Ram pickup struck two sedans that had stopped on the side of the road.
A police investigation determined that Reid’s truck was traveling at 83.9 mph approximately two seconds before the initial impact. The speed limit on this stretch of road is 65 mph.
Authorities allege that Reid was driving under the influence of alcohol and “acted with criminal negligence in driving at excessive speeds, ignoring the presence of a broken down vehicle, striking it and, as a result, causing serious harm. grievous bodily harm “to 5-year-old Ariel Young, according to impeachment documents.
The DWI charge is a Class D felony in Missouri that carries a prison sentence, a fine, or both. The maximum jail term for the prosecution is seven years.
Reid, 35, was due to surrender to authorities on Monday, according to the county attorney’s office.
Attempts to reach Reid’s lawyer were not immediately successful on Monday.
“The Kansas City Chiefs Organization remains steadfast in our concern for all those affected by this tragic accident,” the chiefs said in a statement Monday. “Our prayers are focused on Ariel’s continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are in regular contact with the designated family representative during this difficult time.
According to the prosecution documents, Reid suffered a blunt trauma to the groin in the crash.
Baker said in a press release that his office “will vigorously pursue these accusations and Reid is not receiving favorable treatment.” Reid is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and previously worked with the team’s linebackers. He separated from the squad earlier this year, following the expiration of his contract.
Tom Porto, a lawyer who represents Young’s family, told USA TODAY Sports in a statement that he believes the charge was “absolutely appropriate” because Ariel “will have to endure the consequences of this accident for the rest of his life. “.
“Ariel was released at his home on Friday April 2,” he wrote in an email. “The hope is that his pediatric brain injury will heal better in a familiar environment. At present, she still cannot walk or speak and depends on a feeding tube for her basic nutrition.
Tiffany Verhulst, Young’s cousin who organized GoFundMe, told USA TODAY Sports on Monday afternoon that the family were happy that Reid was “finally charged” but didn’t think the charges “were fair or severe enough.”
“It has been incredibly difficult knowing that he’s out there living his normal life everyday and that Ariel’s life has completely changed,” Verhulst said. “Our whole family’s lives changed because he made the decision to drink and drive. We hope this will do him justice.
Contributor: Jori Epstein