Ariel Young, a 5-year-old girl who was injured in a three-car crash with former head assistant coach Brit Reid, has been left with a permanent brain injury, according to the family's attorney.
Speaking in an interview on “Good Morning America,” Young family lawyer Tom Porto detailed the injuries to the child.
“She has the potential brain damage she will endure for a lifetime,” Porto said. … We are going to advocate the most serious charges and the most severe punishment that the Brit can get. “
Porto said the family is being led to believe that the 5-year-old will not be able to return to normal life, and that Ariel is not able to speak or walk. It is not clear whether those capabilities will return.
Ariel was released after the wreck, but woke up from a coma on 16 February. The family's car was stuck near the team's facility on the road, when Reid hit the vehicle, injuring Ariel and a 4-year-old child in the car. The family was helping another family member who ran out of gas on the side of the road.
Reid admitted to police for drinking several drinks at the time of the accident, but no charges were made and Porto said he was awaiting the results of the toxicology report. The timing of the crash brings into question whether the head coach was drinking at the team's facility, which would violate NFL rules.
The team initially hired Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, on leave. Reid's contract expired after a major Super Bowl loss and was not renewed, and he was reportedly not with the club.