5-Year-Old Ariel Young Likely Has Permanent Brain Damage After Britt Reid Crash

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2021

This is a photo of Britt Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football team. This image reflects the Kansas City Chiefs active roster as of Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo)
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Ariel Young, the 5-year-old girl who was injured in a car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid before Super Bowl LV last month, remains hospitalized in Missouri with a brain injury.

Tom Porto, an attorney for the Young family, provided the update Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, calling the crash a "serious life-altering event."

"She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said. "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."

Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was also hospitalized following the Feb. 4 crash and didn't join the team in Florida for the Super Bowl three days later. He was not retained by the franchise, which allowed his contract to expire following the conclusion of the season.

The 35-year-old Los Angeles native told police he consumed "2-3 drinks" and was also taking prescription Adderall when he struck a parked car with Young and her 4-year-old cousin inside while driving at "highway speeds," according to a search warrant application obtained by ABC News. Their vehicle had pulled over to help a family member whose car had run out of gas.

While the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, Porto told Good Morning America they are going to push hard for Reid to be held accountable.

"We're going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive," he 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's attorney told GMA he's made no contact with the Young family and has no further comment at this time.

Andy Reid was asked about the situation during his press conference following the Super Bowl.

"My heart goes out to all those who were involved in the accident, in particular the family with the little girl who's fighting for her life,'' Reid said. "I can't comment on it any more than what I am here. So the questions you have, I'm going to have to turn those down; but just from a human standpoint, my heart bleeds for everybody involved in that.''

In 2007, Britt Reid and his brother, Garrett Reid, were sentenced to up to 23 months in prison after they were involved in a car crash shortly after Garrett had taken heroin. The judge in the case referred to Andy Reid's home as a "drug emporium" while announcing the sentences.

Garrett Reid died in 2012 at Philadelphia Eagles training camp while his father was coaching the team. The cause of death was later announced as an accidental heroin overdose.

Andy Reid left the Eagles after the 2012 season and took over as the Chiefs' head coach. Britt Reid was hired as a defensive quality control coach in 2013 and held several different roles over the past seven years.