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.