The 5-year-old girl who was in a Missouri car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid likely suffered permanent brain damage, her family’s attorney said.
Tom Porto, who is representing Ariel Young’s family, said the young girl has awoken from her coma, but is expected to grapple with lasting injuries from the crash.
“She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life,” Porto told Good Morning America on Tuesday. “She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story.”
Porto said Ariel is still unable to speak and is still hospitalized in Kansas City from the crash.
“This wasn’t a fender bender,” Porto said. “This was a serious life-altering event.”
Ariel had been 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. Feb. 4, authorities have said.
Reid, who is the son of head Chiefs coach Andy Reid, allegedly told cops he’d had between two and three drinks and taken the prescription drug Adderall.