Lawyer for Britt Reid crash victim slams plea deal for ex-Chiefs coach
The family of a girl who was severely injured in a car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid slammed the plea deal as he pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury on Monday.
Reid had been booked to go to preliminary in the not so distant future and had to carry out upwards of seven years in jail before an arrangement was struck. With the arrangement, the 37-year-old child of Bosses lead trainer Andy Reid could face a sentence of as long as four years in jail. The sentencing is set for Oct. 28.
Reid’s pickup truck struck two stopped cars on an interstate entrance ramp and seriously injured then-5-year-old Ariel Young in Missouri. The crash occurred the day before the Chiefs were set to leave for Tampa, Fla., for Super Bowl LV.
Specialists said Reid was inebriated and driving around 84 mph when his truck hit the vehicles close to Pointed stone Arena.
Ariel suffered a traumatic injury. She was one of the five injuries in the crash.
“The five victims of this crime are outraged that the prosecuting attorney is not seeking the maximum sentence allowable by law,” the lawyer for Ariel’s family, Tom Porto, said. “The defendant is a prior offender whose actions caused a 5-year-old girl to be in a coma and seriously injured three others.”
\One of the vehicles Reid hit had slowed down due to a drained battery and the second was possessed by Ariel’s mom, who showed up on the scene to help. The Bosses arrived at a secret settlement with Ariel’s family last year to pay for her continuous clinical treatment and different costs.
Circuit Judge Charles McKenzie made clear to Reid he could serve a short period of time in prison and then be placed on probation if he qualifies for good behavior.
“I truly lament what I did,” Reid said. “I committed an enormous error. I am sorry to the family. I didn’t intend to hurt anybody.”