A cousin of the 5-year-old girl seriously injured in a crash caused by former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid said the DWI felony charge against Reid isn’t nearly penalty enough.
Ariel Young remains hospitalized after Reid crashed his pickup truck into two parked vehicles on the interstate near the Chiefs’ practice facility on Feb. 4. Reid has since been charged with committing the class D felony.
“We don’t believe the charges are fair or harsh enough,” cousin Tiffany Verhulst, who organized the GoFundMe for Young’s medical expenses, told USA Today. “It’s been incredibly hard knowing he’s out every day living his normal life and Ariel’s life is completely changed. Our whole family’s life changed due to him making the decision to drink and drive.”
Jackson County, Mo., prosecutor Jean Peters Baker released documents that indicated Reid’s eyes were bloodshot when a police officer arrived at the scene. He also had a blood alcohol level of .113 roughly two hours after the accident, the documents showed.
Reid told police he was coming from the practice facility when the crash occurred. Investigators said he was driving nearly 84 mph in a 65-mph zone just prior to impact.
Per USA Today: “Young, who was found in the rear of the car under a seat that had folded over, was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital. According to medical records, the prosecutor’s charging documents said, she suffered injuries including severe traumatic brain injury, left parietal (skull) fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas. Young entered into a coma; 11 days afterward, her family announced she was awake.”
The attorney for Young’s family indicated Young has likely suffered permanent brain damage as a result of her injuries, as relayed by OutKick’s Matt Loede.
Reid is the son of Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid.