A lawyer representing the family of a 5-year-old girl who was gravely injured in a roadside crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has offered a sobering update on the child's condition.
Ariel Young, 5, was in a coma for over a week following the devastating crash on Interstate-435 in Kansas City on Feb. 5 -- two days before Reid was set to coach the Chiefs' outside linebackers in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Little Ariel was said to have improved in subsequent weeks, including when a relative reported she had awakened from her coma, but a family attorney this week cautioned that there was still a long road ahead after that "huge development."
"She’s awake, which is a huge development,” attorney Tom Porto told Gold Morning America. “She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life.
"She’s not walking -- it’s a sad, sad, sad story," he added.
Young's 4-year-old cousin also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.
Reid, 35, was hurt in the crash and underwent surgery to address his injuries, his father, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, later revealed.
Britt Reid did not travel with the Chiefs to Tampa for the big game, which the Buccaneers won handily.
So far, he has not been charged in the three-vehicle wreck, though a police report claims he told responding officers that he'd consumed Adderall and two or three alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel that night.
He was not retained by the Chiefs when his contract expired at season's end, with the team citing his ongoing legal situation.
Porto said his clients wanted to pursue the "most serious charges" possible against Reid.
“We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive,” Porto said. “We don’t have the toxicology back, I don’t know what it is going to be. What I do know are the statements that he made to police that night. If you have two or three drinks, and then you get behind the wheel of a car, you are likely over the legal limit.”
Reid has a well-documented history of legal and substance abuse issues, including a past DUI infraction and a jail term for a road rage incident.
The crash was catastrophic and could have resulted in loss of life, Porto said.
“This wasn’t a fender bender,” he said. “This was a serious life-altering event.”