Ariel Young, a 5-year-old girl injured in a three-car crash involving former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, has likely been left with a permanent brain injury, per the family’s attorney.
Speaking in an interview on “Good Morning America,” Young family attorney Tom Porto detailed the injuries the child suffered.
“She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life,” Porto said. “She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story. … We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive.”
Porto said the family is being led to believe that the 5-year-old will not be able to return to a normal life, and Ariel is not able to speak or walk. It is unclear whether those abilities will return.
Ariel was left comatose after the wreck, but awoke from the coma on Feb. 16. The family’s vehicle had been stuck alongside the road near the team facility when Reid struck the vehicle, injuring Ariel and a 4-year-old in the car. The family had been helping another family member who ran out of gas along the side of the road.
Reid admitted to police to having several drinks at the time of the crash, but no charges have been filed and Porto said they are awaiting the results of the toxicology report. The timing of the accident brings into question whether the Chiefs coach had been drinking at the team facility, which would violate NFL rules.
The team initially placed Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, on leave. Reid’s contract expired after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl loss and was not renewed, and he is reportedly no longer with the club.