Charge against Former Chiefs coach Britt Reid not ‘harsh enough,’ family of 5-year-old victim left in a coma says

A cousin of 5-year-old crash victim Ariel Young said her family is glad former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has “finally” been charged after the February accident that left the girl severely injured. But the family was not at peace when Reid was charged with committing the class D felony of driving while intoxicated.

“We don’t believe the charges are fair or harsh enough,” cousin Tiffany Verhulst, who has organized the GoFundMe for Young’s medical expenses, told USA TODAY Sports on Monday afternoon. “It’s been incredibly hard knowing he’s out every day living his normal life and Ariel’s life is completely changed.

“Our whole family’s life changed due to him making the decision to drink and drive.”

According to charging documents released Monday by the office of Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and red, the odor of intoxicants on him, when a police officer responded to the site where his Dodge Ram pickup truck hit two sedans stopped on the side of the road. Reid was found to have a serum blood alcohol concentration at .113 roughly two hours after the Feb. 4 crash.

Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, told police he was coming from the team facility when the crash occurred three days before the Super Bowl. He was driving 83.9 mph in a 65-mph zone 1.9 seconds prior to the crash, police investigators said.

Young, who was found in the rear of the car under a seat that had folded over, was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital. According to medical records, the prosecutor’s charging documents said, she suffered injuries including severe traumatic brain injury, left parietal (skull) fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas. Young entered into a coma; 11 days afterward, her family announced she was awake.

Young remained in the hospital through February and March before she was released on April 2, family attorney Tom Porto told USA TODAY Sports.

“The hope is that her pediatric brain injury will heal better in a familiar setting,” Porto said. “As of right now, she still cannot walk or talk and depends on a feeding tube for basic nutrition.”

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Source: USA Today