The cousin of Ariel Young, the 5-year-old who was hospitalized in critical condition following a car crash involving Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, says the young girl has awakened from an 11-day coma.
Monday on GoFundMe, the girl’s cousin Tiffany Verhulst wrote, “Ariel is awake,” nearly two weeks after the February 4 car crash in Kansas City, Missouri.
Despite this, TMZ reported Tuesday that a spokesperson for the Kansas City Police Department says Ariel “is breathing on her own but is still unresponsive.”
On February 4, Reid was involved in a vehicle crash shortly after 9 p.m. on the southbound Interstate 435 on-ramp from Stadium Drive.
Per police, a white Dodge Ram Laramie Sport pickup truck struck the left front of a gray Chevrolet Impala, which had reportedly run out of gas on the entrance ramp.
The Ram truck then allegedly continued forward and slammed into the rear of a Traverse, which was reportedly parked in front of the Impala to help.
Authorities say two children sitting in the backseat of the Traverse were hurt in the incident, including a 4-year-old — identified by the GoFundMe as Ariel’s cousin Julianna — who reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The GoFundMe says that Ariel “suffered swelling in and bleeding in and around the brain” while Julianna “sustained a broken nose and concussion.”
Reid allegedly admitted to drinking prior to the crash and was on Adderall.
Days later, Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was placed on administrative leave. As of this writing, no charges have been filed against him.
The Kansas City Police Department added to TMZ on Tuesday that the investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Ariel’s GoFundMe, set up on behalf of her mother to pay for medical expenses, has raised over $495,000.