After a drunk driving car accident that injured five people, including one child, ex-NFL coach Britt Reid was sentenced to three years in prison.
On February 4, 2021, the assistant coach was driving his pickup truck under the influence when he struck two vehicles on the side of a Kansas City highway. In addition to the crash, he was driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113.
Ariel Young, who was 5 years old at the time of the incident, was among the injured. According to court documents, she sustained a “severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions, and subdural hematomas.”
Recently, Reid appeared before a jury of his peers where he pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated with involvement in the Kansas City crash. As an aspect of his plea deal, he is only set to face three to four years in prison. Given the substantial injuries faced by Young, community members have been outspoken about their disdain for the verdict.
Particularly, Ariel Young’s mother, Felicia Miller, prepared a victim statement to read before the sentencing hearing. The mother shared the harrowing story of Ariel’s road to recovery and the problems her child has faced since the accident.
Victims and attorneys speak out against the crime of ex-Kansas City Chief coach Britt Reid
“Today, Ariel drags her right foot when she walks. Next month we’re going to see a doctor about leg braces. She has terrible balance,” said Miller. “She takes longer to process information than her peers. She will have to be in special ed. She wears thick glasses that she never wore before. This is our life.”
“Ariel’s life is forever changed because of Britt Reid. Her life will be dealing with the damage that Britt Reid did,” she added, noting that she does not accept any apologies issued by the former NFL coach.
Tom Porto, the attorney that represented the five victims of the car crash, also issued a statement that opposed Reid’s sentencing. More specifically, he was “outraged the defendant was not sentenced to the maximum sentence allowable by law.”
“No amount of prison time will ever be enough to punish the defendant for the pain and suffering he caused this family and the ongoing difficulties that Ariel will continue to endure for the rest of her life,” the lawyer continued.
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