5-Year-Old Hurt In Crash Involving Britt Reid “Likely Has Permanent Brain Damage”
The lawyer for Ariel Young, who was the 5-year-old severely injured in a crash involving former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, said he wants to see charges filed in the case.
“Absolutely, absolutely. We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt Reid could receive,” attorney Tom Porto said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Ariel is still fighting for her life, while having a brain injury and unable to speak, according to Porto.
“This wasn’t a fender bender,” Porto told “Good Morning America.” “This was a serious life-altering event.”
Just days before the Super Bowl, Reid — who is also the son of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid — smashed into a car belonging to Ariel’s family that had been pulled over to the side of a highway to help a family member whose car had run out of gas. Ariel suffered life-threatening injuries and had just recently woken up from a coma.
“She’s awake, which is a huge development,” Porto said of Ariel. “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.”
According to a search warrant application obtained by ABC News, an officer on-scene reported smelling “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from [Reid].” Reid told the officer he’d had “2-3 drinks” and was on the prescription drug “Adderall.”
“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.”
Charges have yet to be filed in this case.