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A former coach with the Kansas City Chiefs is expected to plead guilty to a charge of felony driving while intoxicated, after a multiple car crash last year that left a five-year-old girl with a serious brain injury.
Britt Reid, 37, the son of Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid, is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in the case on Sept. 12. His criminal trial had been set to begin later on Sept. 26. The maximum prison sentence is seven years, according to the Kansas City Star.
“He sincerely regrets his conduct and hopes and prays for the continued recovery for A.Y.,” Reid’s attorney, J.R. Hobbs, said of Ariel Young in a news release Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Star reported. “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.”
As previously reported by Oxygen.com, two children — Ariel Young, who was then five years-old, and an unnamed four-year-old — were injured when Reid’s pickup truck hit two vehicles on the shoulder of an entrance ramp near the team's Arrowhead Stadium on Feb. 4, 2021, prosecutors said.
Ariel’s mother had come to help her cousin whose car was stalled there after running out of gas.
The accident occurred three days before the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
An officer on the scene of the crash noted Reid smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot. Reid told the officer that he had two to three drinks before the crash and had taken his prescribed Adderall, according to KCTV.
Reid was driving 83 miles per hour just before the crash and had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 two hours after the crash, according to court documents. The legal limit is 0.08. Adderall is known to blunt a user's ability to experience a "buzz" from drinking alcohol, which experts say may lead them to drink more, according to WebMD.
“The five victims of this crime are relieved that the defendant has chosen to plead guilty and are hopeful that the defendant receives the maximum sentence allowed by law,” Tom Porto, the attorney for the victims said, according to the newspaper.
Ariel was in a coma for 11 days and spent weeks in the hospital, suffering from brain swelling and bleeding. She was released from the hospital on April 2, 2021.
In November, the team reached a confidential agreement with Ariel’s family to pay for her medical treatment and any additional expenses, according to the Associated Press.
Reid suffered a groin injury in the crash and underwent emergency surgery.
After putting him on administrative leave after the crash, the Chiefs allowed Reid’s contract to expire, AP reported.
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