Days before the Chiefs left for Super Bowl LV, and a crash occurred near Arrowhead Stadium.
Microgreenskit – An attorney representing the child’s family said Tuesday that a 5-year-old girl who was severely injured in a crash involving then-Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid “actually has permanent brain damage.”
Tom Porto appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to update viewers on Ariel Young’s situation. Before waking up, the girl had been in a coma for several days.
“She’s awake, which is a big move forward. She is most likely suffering from an irreversible brain injury that she will have to deal with for the rest of her life. It’s a sad, sad, sad story, and she’s not walking, “Porto remarked.
The accident happened near Arrowhead Stadium just days before the Chiefs left for Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla. Reid, and the team’s outside linebackers coach. The son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was put on administrative leave until his contract expired and he was fired.
Although Kansas City police were still investigating the accident, Porto said he would press for Reid to face criminal charges.
“We’ll be asking for the most serious charges and the most serious penalty that Britt will seek,” Porto said. “We haven’t got the toxicology report, so I’m not sure what it would be. What I do know is the comments he made to the cops that night. You are definitely over the legal limit if you have two or three drinks and then get behind the wheel of a car.”
Reid has been quiet about the incident.
Reid has a history of legal problems. He was sentenced to eight to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to flashing a gun at a motorist in 2007. In 2008, he confessed to driving while under the influence of a controlled drug.
Ariel and her family have raised more than $500,000 through a GoFundMe campaign. Jeff Okudah, a cornerback for the Detroit Lions, was one of the donors.
According to FOX4 KC, the accident occurred near the I-435 southbound ramp. According to police, a Chevrolet Impala driver ran out of gas and called for assistance while on the ramp. According to the police report, the warning lights were flashing, but the car’s battery was beginning to die when a family arrived in a Chevrolet Traverse and stopped near them with their headlights on.
According to the station, a white Dodge pickup truck headed south on the ramp to get to the interstate when it collided with the Impala and then struck the Traverse from behind.
According to the station, the Impala driver was inside the car at the crash and was unharmed, as were two adults in the Traverse.
Reid admitted to police that he had been drinking and that he was taking Adderall on a prescription.
Ariel was wounded, as was another 4-year-old. The injuries to the other child were reported to be non-life-threatening.