A lawyer for the family of a young girl who was critically injured following a car accident involving former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker coach Britt Reid said that the five-year-old suffered a severe brain injury and may never fully recover.
The Young family's attorney, Tom Porto, said that while Ariel has been out of a coma for a couple of weeks, she is unable to walk or speak.
"She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said during the interview on Good Morning America. "She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She's not walking — it's a sad, sad, sad story."
Reid is under investigation for driving under the influence, though no charges have been filed. The crash occurred on February 4 in Kansas City. Reid's truck slammed into two vehicles stopped on a highway entrance ramp. Ariel was in the backseat and suffered life-threatening injuries. Another child and two adults suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they noticed "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from [Reid]." He admitted that he had "two or three drinks" and had taken prescription Adderall. Authorities took a blood sample and are awaiting the results of the toxicology report.
Porto said that he wants Reid, who has a previous conviction for driving under the influence, to face felony charges for causing the crash.
"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."