Former Kavkaz Center assistant presidents Brett Reed to petition in a crash

Brett Reed was an assistant head coach.

Brett Reed was an assistant head coach.

Brett Reed, a former assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, is expected to plead guilty Monday to felony driving while intoxicated and causing a 2021 multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured a 5-year-old in a separate vehicle.

Upon pleading guilty, Reed, 37, will likely avoid a criminal trial that was due to begin September 26 in Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City. He could face up to seven years in prison.

Tuesday’s court entry showed Reid was scheduled to enter the petition on Monday.

“He sincerely regrets his behavior and hopes and prays for the continued recovery of AY (Ariel Young),” Reed’s attorney, J.R. Hobbs, said in a Tuesday afternoon news release. “Mr. Reid sincerely apologizes to AY, her family and his family. He also expresses his deepest apologies to the Hunt family, the Chiefs Organization and the Chiefs’ Kingdom. Mr. Reed regrets his actions and hopes his call will bring some sense of justice to all those affected.”

The accident occurred on February 4, 2021. Prosecutors alleged that Reed’s pickup truck collided with two vehicles on the side of an entrance ramp along Highway 435, near the team’s training facility. The accident left two children injured, one of whom was Ariel Young, who had brain injuries.

“The five victims of this crime are relieved that the defendant has chosen to plead guilty and hope that the accused will receive the maximum sentence permitted by law,” said Tom Porto, the victims’ attorney.

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Ariel Young, 5, was seriously injured after colliding with a car driven by former assistant coach Brett Reed. GoFundMe

Reed, the son of coach Andy Reed, was driving 83 mph two seconds before the collision. Prosecutors said Reade had a blood alcohol content of 0.113 about two hours after the accident. The legal limit is 0.08, according to Missouri law.

After the accident, a Kansas City police officer noticed that Reed’s eyes were “bloodshot and red,” according to prosecutors. Reed admitted to the officer at the scene that he had been drinking “two to three glasses”.

Reed sustained a hip injury and underwent emergency surgery after being taken to a nearby hospital.

In November, the Kansas City chiefs and Ariel’s family reached a confidential financial agreement to cover her ongoing medical treatment and other expenses.

Ariel had a traumatic brain injury that included swelling and bleeding. The accident left her in the hospital in a critical condition for a long time. She was in a coma for 11 days and was discharged from the hospital on April 2, 2021.

The incident occurred three days before the Chiefs lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. Andy Reed and other team leaders said after the match that the meltdown had no effect on the team’s performance.

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It was the car that was badly damaged, 5-year-old Ariel Young, when Chiefs players coach Brett Reed crashed into his pickup truck days before the Super Bowl sat in a snow-covered holding yard shortly after the wreck. Tom Porto politeness

Prosecutors alleged that Red’s car hit a Chevrolet Impala, which he said he did not see because its lights were off. Reed said he continued south on the highway with his car and then finished behind in a Chevy Traverse at 67.7 mph, court documents show. He called 911 moments later, according to court documents.

Ariel’s mother, Felicia Miller, arrives to help her cousin, who has run out of gas from the Impala and has stopped. Miller said she got back into the driver’s seat of the Traverse and looked in the rear-view mirror when she saw the headlights of an approaching car.

Reed told the initial response officer that he “was looking over his left shoulder to assess traffic so he could blend in,” prosecutors said.

The impact of the rear-end collision left Miller temporarily unconscious after the airbag hit her and broke her seat. When she woke up, Miller called her children. I found Ariel in Traverse under the third seat that was folded.

Ariel was not responding. An ambulance arrived at the scene and took the girl to Al-Rahma Children’s Hospital.

At the time the criminal charges were filed, Jackson County District Attorney Jean Peters Baker said Reed did not receive any preferential treatment from the Kansas City Police or her office.

Baker said changes to DWI laws in Missouri have limited the number of charges the attorney general’s office can bring, given the evidence in the case.

During Monday’s hearing, Circuit Court Judge Charles H. Mackenzie is expected to set a date for sentencing. Reid will remain free on the bonds.

This story was originally published September 6, 2022 2:00 p.m.

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Glenn E. Rice is an investigative reporter who focuses on law enforcement and the legal system. He’s been with The Star since 1988. In 2020, Rice helped investigate discrimination and structural racism that had remained unchecked for decades within the Kansas City Fire Department.