MADD seeks meeting with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt
The local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter has requested a meeting with Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt to discuss a crash involving outside linebackers coach Britt Reid that left two children injured on Thursday evening.
While Reid, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, has not been charged in the case, multiple reports stated the younger Reid admitted to having two or three drinks before getting into his Dodge Ram truck on Thursday. He also takes the prescription drug Adderall.
Police said a Chevrolet Impala became disabled, and a family member driving a Chevrolet Traverse came to assist. As both vehicles were parked along the southbound ramp to Interstate 435 from Stadium Drive near Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Reid then allegedly struck both cars, leaving a 5-year-old critically injured and a 4-year-old with lesser injuries.
The investigation is continuing, but MADD is asking Hunt to discuss the matter. The organization and the Chiefs have partnered to teach rookies the dangers of drunk driving.
“This is a very difficult situation for MADD Missouri and Kansas as we have already received multiple calls from victims and community partners asking how we, as a victim services organization, are going to handle this situation, knowing the partnership we have,” wrote Meghan Carter, director of field operations for the group, in a letter published by The Kansas City Star.
“We are working to extend our services to the two young children and their families, as their journey from the horrific crash has only just begun. As is the case with every impaired driving crash, our focus is to support those who have been impacted, as well as take a stand to remind the community of the dangers of impaired driving and to always have a non-drinking designated driver.”
The letter continued: “I would like to meet with you to discuss in person our concerns, proposed steps going forward, and how MADD and the Kansas City Chiefs can work more effectively together with both the staff and the athletes to ensure this never happens again.”
Britt Reid, 35, is not with the Chiefs in Tampa, where they will meet the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday night.
A GoFundMe page to benefit the 5-year-old, identified as Ariel, had raised more than $160,000 as of Sunday afternoon. The Kansas City Star reported that she was still hospitalized in critical condition with a brain injury.
Shortly after the crash, the Chiefs acknowledged Reid’s involvement.
“The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid. We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved,” the Chiefs said in a statement.
Kansas City television station KSHB reported Reid’s previous legal trouble.
In 2007, he pleaded guilty to charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with incident in connection with a reported road-rage incident. That same year, he was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to one to six months but received credit for time served before being paroled a week later.
He also was fined more than $10,000 and ordered to enter a drug court program.
Andy Reid was hired as the Chiefs head coach before the 2013 season and brought his son with him.
–Field Level Media