Ariel Young, a 5-year-old girl who was injured in a car accident involving the then assistant coach of the Kansas City Chiefs Britt reid, came out of his coma, according to a GoFundMe page that provided updates on the boy’s condition.
The fundraiser, led by Tiffany Verhulst, the boy’s aunt, said Monday that “Ariel is awake.” The girl was seriously injured and a 4-year-old boy sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the collision, CBS affiliate KCTV reported.
The update comes more than a week since the Feb. 4 accident involving Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Police said young Reid’s truck collided with a car that ran out of gas and then collided with another car driven by relatives of the driver of the first car. A woman in the second car told police she got out of the vehicle and asked Reid to call 911 because she had lost her phone in the accident, according to KCTV.
Police said in a search warrant that when they arrived at the scene, Reid smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot, according to KCTV. When asked if he had been drinking, an officer said Reid told him that he had had “2-3 drinks,” KCTV reported.
The accident occurred three days before the Chiefs lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.
Reid joined the Chiefs in 2013, the same year his father was hired as a head coach, as a defensive quality control coach. Reid was an outside linebacker coach for the past two seasons. After the accident, he was placed on administrative leave for the duration of his contract, which supposedly expired after the Super Bowl and now he’s no longer with the team. The team previously said in a statement that “our focus continues to be Ariel Young and her family.”
The Reid family has dealt with legal and drug issues in the past. In 2007, a judge compared Andy Reid’s house to a “drug emporium“and called Britt Reid an ‘addict’ after sentencing him and his brother, Garrett Reid, to prison for separate incidents. Garrett Reid passed away in 2012.
Jordan Freiman contributed to this report.