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Family of Child Injured In Car Crash With Former Chiefs Coach Seeking 'Most Serious Charges'
Attorney Tom Porto says that following the crash, Ariel Young "likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life."
The family of the 5-year-old girl fighting for her life following a February car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid will be seeking the most severe charges against him, their lawyer said this week.
The collision occurred in February just days before the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl; Reid, who until recently was the Chiefs’ outside linebackers coach, is the son of head coach Andy Reid.
Britt Reid was entering an interstate ramp near Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' home in Kansas City, when he rammed two static vehicles, including a car that had been pulled over on the entrance ramp what it had run out of gas and a second vehicle, which had been pulled over by a driver looking to assist the other motorist. A 5-year-old girl, who has been identified as Ariel Young, was severely injured in the crash.
Tom Porto, an attorney for the Young family, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the collision nearly killed the girl. A statement provided to Oxygen.com from the Kansas City Police Department in February described her injuries as “life-threatening.”
“She’s awake, which is a huge development,” Porto told GMA. “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.”
Porto said that he aims to have charges filed against Reid.
“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 has 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.
In February, a police spokesperson told Oxygen.com that crash investigations often take several weeks.
Following 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.
This isn’t his first time Reid has been in legal trouble. In 2007, he pointed a handgun at another driver during a dispute. The following year, he pleaded guilty to DUI and drug charges after he smashed into a shopping cart in a parking lot.
Reid’s attorney told “Good Morning America” that he has not had contact with the Young family and that they have no comment at this time.