A car crash involving a former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach left a 5-year-old girl in critical condition who, according to the family's lawyer, could reportedly suffer permanent brain damage.
"She's awake, which is a huge development, [but] likely she has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life, [and] she's not walking. It's a sad, sad, sad story," said family attorney Tom Porto.
Ariel Young has been hospitalized and in a coma since February 4 following the accident in which the Chiefs' assistant coach Britt Reid allegedly slammed into two vehicles on the side of a highway entrance ramp near Arrowhead Stadium.
"This wasn't a fender bender," said Porto. "This was a serious, life-altering event."
Reid reportedly told police that he had "two or three drinks" and a prescription for Adderall when the crash happened. He has since been placed on leave by the team.
According to authorities, Young was "breathing on her own" on February 16 after spending several days in critical condition.
"We're going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that [Reid] could ever receive," said Porto. "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."
In 2007, Reid was sentenced to eight to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to flashing a gun at a motorist. He then pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance in 2008.
An investigation is underway to determine if Reid was impaired during the accident.