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'Ariel, Wake Up Honey': Voicemail Reveals Family's Panic After Crash With Former Chiefs Coach
The attorney for Ariel Young’s family said that the child likely sustained permanent brain damage after former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid crashed into their vehicle.
Newly released audio of the dramatic aftermath of a February car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid reveals the panic of the family involved as they discover their little girl has been severely injured.
Ariel Young, 5, was injured in February after Reid crashed into two static vehicles near a Kansas City interstate entrance ramp. The Young family had pulled over to help a motorist in the first car, who appeared to have run out of gas. Since the collision, the girl has been fighting for her life.
Tom Porto, the attorney for Young’s family, provided voicemail audio to the Kansas City Star. The girl's mother had made a call right before the crash and the voicemail begins just after the collision.
A child can be heard exclaiming “Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!” repeatedly in the clip. Then a man asks “Where’s Ariel?’ and goes on to yell, “Ariel! Ariel!”
A woman then states, “Where’s Ariel? Where the f--- is Ariel? Ariel, wake up honey. Wake up!”
“She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life,” he said. "She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story.”
Porto said on "GMA" that he plans to file charges against Reid on behalf of the family.
“We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive,” he told “Good Morning America.” “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 allegedly admitted to police that he’d had multiple alcoholic drinks and that he was also taking a prescription for Adderall. The coach was taken to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains following the crash.
After the incident, Reid was placed on administrative leave from his coaching duties. He is no longer employed by the team after his contract was not renewed, the Associated Press reported.