KC Chiefs to Take Care of Girl in Britt Reid Crash for Life

NFL team will offer lifetime medical, financial support for Ariel Young, who was 5 when injured
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2021 2:15 PM CST
Updated Nov 20, 2021 6:30 AM CST
Girl Hurt in Britt Reid Crash May Never Fully Recover
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid embraces his son Britt Reid, a linebacker coach, after the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) Update: The little girl seriously injured in a February car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid is now set with a lifetime of support from the NFL team. According to a joint statement from the Chiefs and attorneys for the family of Ariel Young, who was 5 at the time of the accident, Ariel will receive "world-class medical care and long-term financial stability" for the "rest of her life," per CNN. The statement adds that Ariel, who suffered severe traumatic brain injury from the crash, has a "long road" ahead of her in her recovery, but that "she has made great strides and continues to improve every day. Earlier this fall, she attended her first day of school." In June, Reid pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated and is set to go to trial in mid-April. Our original story from March follows:

The 5-year-old-girl injured in a February crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid is still hospitalized and may never fully recover. Ariel Young is out of a coma, "which is a huge development," but "she likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life," lawyer Tom Porto told Good Morning America Tuesday. "She’s not walking. It's a sad, sad, sad story." Reid, son of head Chiefs coach Andy Reid, admitted having "two or three drinks" and taking prescribed Adderall on the evening of the Feb. 4 crash. Kansas City Police spokesman Dave Jackson tells USA Today that no charges have been filed but the investigation of whether Reid was impaired is ongoing.

A 4-year-old girl was also injured when Reid's truck hit two vehicles at the side of a highway entrance ramp near Arrowhead Stadium. "We're going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive," Porto said. "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." He added: "This wasn’t a fender bender. This was a serious, life-altering event." The team put Reid on leave after the crash and his contract was not renewed at the end of the season, per Bleacher Report. (Read more Britt Reid stories.)

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