Family of Victim Says Britt Reid Charges Were Not Harsh Enough

A cousin of the 5-year-old girl seriously injured in a crash caused by former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid said the DWI felony charge against Reid isn’t nearly penalty enough.

Ariel Young remains hospitalized after Reid crashed his pickup truck into two parked vehicles on the interstate near the Chiefs’ practice facility on Feb. 4. Reid has since been charged with committing the class D felony.

“We don’t believe the charges are fair or harsh enough,” cousin Tiffany Verhulst, who organized the GoFundMe for Young’s medical expenses, told USA Today. “It’s been incredibly hard knowing he’s out every day living his normal life and Ariel’s life is completely changed. Our whole family’s life changed due to him making the decision to drink and drive.”

Jackson County, Mo., prosecutor Jean Peters Baker released documents that indicated Reid’s eyes were bloodshot when a police officer arrived at the scene. He also had a blood alcohol level of .113 roughly two hours after the accident, the documents showed.

Reid told police he was coming from the practice facility when the crash occurred. Investigators said he was driving nearly 84 mph in a 65-mph zone just prior to impact.

Per USA Today: “Young, who was found in the rear of the car under a seat that had folded over, was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital. According to medical records, the prosecutor’s charging documents said, she suffered injuries including severe traumatic brain injury, left parietal (skull) fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas. Young entered into a coma; 11 days afterward, her family announced she was awake.”

The attorney for Young’s family indicated Young has likely suffered permanent brain damage as a result of her injuries, as relayed by OutKick’s Matt Loede.

Reid is the son of Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. this family had stalled vehicles in an actual lane of a busy interstate with no lights on and had their young children out of their car seats / seat belts

    I feel horrible for the kids that were hurt, but no parent of the year awards are going out on this one …

    If Britt wasn’t drinking, the narrative of this story would be completely different. It would be, “why the fuck did those parents turn their lights off on their cars on a busy as fuck interstate while having their cars partially in an actual lane on the interstate with their kids out of their car seats …”

  2. Yeah, this is a sad one all around. It appears that with a .11 2-hours after the crash that Britt was pretty drunk, but parents need to have situational awareness, as well. If you are stalled on a busy road, hazards and seat-belts need to be on.

    My heart goes out to the poor girl who was so severely injured. I know some people that went through a similar traumatic brain injury with a child due to a car wreck, and it is a terrible thing to deal with.

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