The family of Ariel Young, the five-year-old injured in the crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, is speaking out for the first time.
The attorney for the five-year-old says that the girl likely has permanent brain damage.
In an interview Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America, attorney Tom Porto said that the young girl is awake, which is a good sign, but that she’s currently not able to walk.
“This wasn’t a fender bender,” Porto said. “This was a serious, life-altering event.
“She’s awake, which is a huge development. 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.”
The youngster also isn’t able to speak.
The car crash took place when the Chiefs were leaving for the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in early February.
Ariel was in a Chevrolet Traverse on the side of the highway when it was struck by Reid near the Chiefs practice facility at about 9 p.m. on February 4th, authorities said.
Her mom, aunt, and 4-year-old cousin had pulled over to the side of a highway to help a 19-year-old family member whose car had run out of gas.
Porto stated that the family is going to push for maximum charges.
“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.”
Reid reportedly told police that he’d had between two and three drinks and taken the prescription drug Adderall.
Britt Reid’s contract with the Chiefs was not renewed following the incident.