Ariel Young, the 5-year-old girl who was injured following a car crash involving now-former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, likely “has permanent brain damage,” says the family’s lawyer.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Tom Porto, the attorney for the Young family, speaks out on the February 4 incident that resulted in Ariel falling into a coma for more than 10 days.
“She’s awake, which is a huge development,” Porto said. “Likely, she 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.”
While referencing photos of the wreckage obtained by ABC News, Porto commented, “When you look at those pictures, you wonder how anybody made it out of that car alive.”
“This wasn’t a fender bender,” he continued. “This was a serious, life-altering event.”
Though the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, Porto believes Britt should face criminal charges.
“We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive,” Porto said.
.@ABC EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer for family of girl injured in pre-Super Bowl crash speaks out: "She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She’s not walking." @tjholmes reports. https://t.co/1Q9cFtKE9k pic.twitter.com/h9ALdKn3qG— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 2, 2021
On February 4 in Kansas City, Missouri, Britt’s white Dodge Ram Laramie Sport pickup truck allegedly struck two cars: one containing Ariel, her mom, her aunt, and 4-year-old cousin, and the other of a 19-year-old family member. Per reports, the car containing Ariel pulled over to help the family member, who had run out of gas.
According to a search warrant application obtained by ABC News, an officer on-scene reported smelling “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from [Reid].” Reid told the officer he’d had “Two to three drinks” and was on the prescription drug “Adderall.”
Though Porto admits, “We don’t have the toxicology back. I don’t know what it is going to be,” he added, “If you have two or three drinks, and then you get behind the wheel of a car, you are likely over the legal limit.”
Ariel suffered life-threatening injuries, while her 4-year-old cousin suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Per a GoFundMe, Ariel “suffered swelling in and bleeding in and around the brain” while the cousin “sustained a broken nose and concussion.” Both were transported to the hospital.
Last month on the GoFundMe, Ariel’s cousin Tiffany Verhulst wrote, “Ariel is awake,” nearly two weeks after the crash.
Per ABC News, Britt was injured in the wreck and taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. The three other adults involved also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Britt’s attorney said Britt has had no communication with the family and has no comment at this time.