Who is Ariel? Britt Reid crash victim, 5, in coma with brain swelling, aunt raises over $1,00,000 for treatment
Britt Reid, the son of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was involved in a horrific crash on February 4, that has left a five-year-old girl, identified as Ariel, battling for her life. The linebackers coach was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he rammed his vehicle into two others that had been parked on the on-ramp.
Per reports, Ariel’s family had stopped on the on-ramp to help a family member whose vehicle had run out of gas. Ariel was at the back along with a four-year-old sibling, who hasn’t been identified. She suffered life-threatening injuries when Reid’s car crashed against the vehicle she was seated in and was rushed to an area hospital by ambulance where the younger child was treated for less critical injuries. However, the impact of the accident has left Ariel in a coma, and her aunt Tiffany Verhulst told The Sun that her niece, remains unconscious "in very critical condition" in the hospital. She also revealed that Ariel suffered a brain swelling during the accident.
Ariel is raised by a single mother
Verhulst has started a campaign GoFundMe to help her sister, Ariel’s mother raise funds for the girl’s treatment and make up for the loss of work for the single mother while her daughter is hospitalized in a critical condition.
The fundraiser campaign reads, “Her [Ariel] mother is a single mom of 3 having to deal with this on her own due to covid restrictions, Ariel will be in the hospital for the foreseeable future, this is set up for the hospital bills and weeks of missed work that will come. No child deserves to go through this, nor should any mother have to see her child like this. We appreciate any support that is given right now. To help get the word out please share the link on your Facebook profile.” The page has so far collected more than $113,000.
The picture of Ariel’s shared on the page shows her receiving intensive care at the hospital while she remains unconscious with respiratory support.
Britt Reid reportedly admits he was under the influence of alcohol
Reid has reportedly admitted he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. According to the search warrant, he had had around three drinks before crashing into the parked vehicles, along with prescribed Adderall. The police reportedly said that they smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” on Reid and his eyes were “bloodshot”.
While Ariel’s sibling survived the crash with minor injuries, the others in two cars were unharmed as well. Only Ariel suffered severe injuries.
The Kansas City Chiefs issued a statement on the incident Ried was involved in and said, “The organization has been made aware of a multiple vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid. We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”