Former Chiefs Lineman Baldinger Charged With Careless Operation of a Vehicle

Criminal charges hadn’t been expected for Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Rich Baldinger for his involvement in a car accident that killed a 61-year-old woman.

However, Baldinger has now been formally charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, according to the Kansas City Star.

Initially, law enforcement authorities had said that Baldinger wouldn’t be prosecuted. The chief trial assistant for Jackson County told the Star that statement was a misunderstanding because they didn’t have all the facts at the time time. 

Per the report, Baldinger, if convicted, could face anywhere from a day to an entire year in jail and/or a fine as high as $5,000.

Baldinger played for the Chiefs from 1982 through 1993, and he has worked as a television analyst since his retirement.

6 responses to “Former Chiefs Lineman Baldinger Charged With Careless Operation of a Vehicle

  1. it’s Brian’s brother.
    You get a traffic ticket for C&I in Missouri. Mine was $450 in fines and court costs. This IS NOT news worthy. Just a DA assistant trying to get her name out there.

  2. Yeah, I guess a traffic ticket and court costs is enough for someone that was involved in an accident that killed someone’s Grandmother.

  3. Actually, this is a little more important than a traffic ticket.
    If he goes into court and admits guilt, as most violators do in hopes of leniency, he’ll be opening himself up to civil liability.
    His only options are to fight for a not guilty or try to make some kind of monetary civil settlement before he pleads guilty. If he fights and loses, his criminal penalty will be at least a little higher than the “$450, cashier is through that door,” and he’ll be civilly liable. If he fights and wins, he can then fight and potentially win a civil action. Now that the criminal process has entered the picture, I think Baldinger should take a page out of the Stallworth playbook and make a cash settlement with the victim’s family.

  4. Anyone know precisely what happened? “Careless and imprudent manner involving an accident” is a little vague.

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