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The mother of a young girl who was seriously injured in a DWI crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid rejected the plea deal he received in the incident.
Reid, the 37-year-old son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in serious bodily harm. He could face a prison term of up to four years. He faced up to seven years in prison for the deal.
Felicia Miller, the mother of now 7-year-old Ariel Young who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the February 2021 crash, slammed the plea deal in an interview on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
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“He just gets a slap on the wrist. If someone else had done that, if we had done that. If any of us had hit his car while he was drunk and hit his car and injured one of his kids, we would have been in jail,” she said.
Miller shared the harrowing details of finding her daughter entangled in the wreckage of the back seat when Reid’s pickup collided with her vehicle on an interstate driveway in Missouri outside Arrowhead Stadium. Investigators said Reid was drunk and driving at around 84 mph when the crash occurred.
“I was just freaking out and then we finally find her because she’s buried under the seats,” Miller said. “When I got her out of the car, she was stiff. She was like a stiff board.”
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Ariel was in a coma for about two weeks and when she woke up, her daughter didn’t know who her mother was or remember the crash.
“She didn’t know who I was, so when I tried to touch my baby, like, ‘Hey, honey,’ she was, you know, leaving. She didn’t recognize me,” Miller said.
Reid pleaded guilty Monday. Circuit Judge Charles McKenzie made it clear to Reid that he could serve a short time in prison and then receive probation if he qualifies for good behavior.
His sentencing is set for October 28.
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“I really regret what I did,” Reid said. “I made a big mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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