Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, was involved in a multicar crash Thursday night that has left a 5-year-old child with life-threatening injuries, according to a team statement and the police report.
The 5-year-old remained in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Kansas City Police Department.
Reid, who was scheduled to leave with the Chiefs on Saturday for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, did not travel to Tampa, Florida, with the team.
According to an incident report provided by the Kansas City Police Department, a car ran out of gas on an on-ramp to Interstate 435 in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday night. After the driver called relatives for help, a second car arrived, also parking on the on-ramp near the Chiefs’ training complex adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium.
According to the police report, a third vehicle, a Ram Laramie Sport, came along and struck first the left front of the disabled vehicle and then the rear of the second vehicle, where the 5-year-old child was in the back seat along with a 4-year-old child, who also was taken by ambulance to an area hospital but with non-life-threatening injuries.
Reid acknowledged to police that he was driving the Ram Laramie Sport, according to a police officer statement obtained by ESPN. The police report said the driver of the third vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was being investigated for possible impairment.
According to the police officer statement, a KCPD officer said Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and that the officer smelled “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages.” The statement went on to say Reid told the officer that he had two to three drinks and that he also took prescription Adderall.
“The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid,” the Chiefs said in a statement Friday. “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 officer’s statement said Reid complained of stomach pains. A source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that Reid is in the hospital with undisclosed injuries and could be there for days.
The KCPD told Russini that, if there are charges in this case, they will not be filed until after the Super Bowl and that they could take up to three weeks as part of a normal investigative timeline. A source told Russini that driver impairment was under investigation by police.
No one involved in the multicar crash was identified by name in the police report.
The driver of the disabled vehicle was inside the car at the time of the first collision but was not injured, the police report said, and the driver of the second vehicle and a front-seat adult passenger also were not injured.
Reid has had legal problems in the past. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to flashing a gun at another motorist and was sentenced that November to eight to 23 months in prison.
The following year, he pleaded guilty to DUI and drug charges after he drove into a shopping cart in a parking lot after he had difficulty locating his vehicle while leaving a store.
Reid, 35, joined the Chiefs in 2013 as a defensive assistant coach. He became assistant defensive line coach in 2015 and defensive line coach in 2016. He became the outside linebackers coach in 2019.