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Chiefs’ Britt Reid in hospital after crash that injured two children, ESPN reports

Two children were hospitalized following the crash, including a 5-year-old with life-threatening injuries.
Britt Reid, an assistant linebackers coach and son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, reportedly is in the hospital following a three-vehicle collision Thursday night that resulted in injuries to two young children.
Britt Reid, an assistant linebackers coach and son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, reportedly is in the hospital following a three-vehicle collision Thursday night that resulted in injuries to two young children. [ TAMMY LJUNGBLAD/TLJUNGBLAD@KCSTAR.COM ]
Published Feb. 6
Updated Feb. 6

Britt Reid, an assistant linebackers coach and son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, is in the hospital following a three-vehicle collision Thursday night that resulted in injuries to two young children, ESPN reported.

One of the children remained critically injured Saturday, according to a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

Reid did not travel with the team Saturday to Tampa, for Sunday’s Super Bowl game pitting the Chiefs against the Buccaneers. According to ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, Reid could remain hospitalized for days.

Kansas City Police spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson could not confirm Reid’s hospitalization, but he did not dispute other media reports. Jackson said the crash remains under investigation and he could not comment any further.

“Most criminal investigations take weeks to investigate. This is no different,” Jackson said Saturday in an email. “We treat each case with respect regardless of who is involved.”

He added that in similar crash investigations witness statements and the results from toxicology and crash reconstruction would be needed. Prosecutor’s office would then determine whether to file criminal charges.

Kansas City police said the crash happened at about 9:10 p.m. Thursday. A gray Chevrolet Impala ran out of gas and stopped on the southbound ramp from Stadium Drive to I-435, Capt. David Jackson, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman, said in an email.

Initially, the Impala’s flashers were on, but the battery was dying, police said. The driver called his cousins for help, and they parked their silver Chevrolet Traverse south of the Impala with their lights on.

A white Ram Laramie Sport pickup, driving on the ramp to get on I-435, struck the left front of the Impala before continuing south and slamming into the Traverse. The drivers of both the Impala and the Traverse and a front seat passenger were not injured.

The two children were in the backseat of the Traverse. A 5-year-old was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 4-year-old with injuries that were not life-threatening was also taken to the hospital.

The Star previously reported the pickup driver had injuries that were not life-threatening. Kansas City TV station KSHB reported the pickup was driven by Reid, 35.

According to KSHB, a police officer said they could smell “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” and noticed Reid’s eyes were “bloodshot and red.” Reid allegedly told police he’d consumed “two to three drinks,” KSHB reported, citing a search warrant application.

Police did not identify Reid, but the Chiefs said in a statement Friday afternoon that they are aware of Reid’s involvement.

“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.

On Friday evening, a woman who answered the door at Reid’s house in southern Johnson County declined to comment.

In 2008, Britt Reid pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the Philadelphia area.

The Star’s Herbie Teope contributed to this report.

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