Ex-Chiefs coach Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI charge in crash that injured 5-year-old girl

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Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured in the February car crash involving Britt Reid and hospitalized for nearly two months. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured in the February car crash involving Britt Reid and hospitalized for nearly two months. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant Britt Reid pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge stemming from a February car crash that left a 5-year-old girl seriously injured, according to The Associated Press.

Reid, who is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, will now be allowed to resume driving with restrictions, including a breathalyzer installed in his vehicle. 

Reid had worked as the team’s outside linebackers coach, but is no longer with the organization.

Britt Reid charged with DWI after car crash

Reid, investigators said, was driving nearly 84 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone on Feb. 4 when he struck two cars that were stopped on the side of a Kansas City area interstate around 9 p.m.

Reid reportedly told police that he had just left work before the crash. They alleged that he was drinking alcohol before the crash — police said he told them he had two or three drinks that night — and that he "acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to be aware of a disabled vehicle, striking it and causing physical injury to a child in that vehicle."

Medical records showed that Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113 almost two hours after the crash.

One of the girls in the car, 5-year-old Ariel Young, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. She suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas.

Young was in a coma for over a week, and hospitalized for nearly two months before she was released. She is still recovering, and could not walk, talk or feed herself upon being released from the hospital.

Reid was charged in April with a felony count of driving while intoxicated after his involvement with the crash — which took place days before the Chiefs’ Super Bowl matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not coach in that game.

“We don’t believe the charges are fair or harsh enough,” Young’s cousin, Tiffany Verhulst, said in April. “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.”

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