A day earlier, an aunt announced “Ariel is awake” on the GoFundMe page on which the family has been sharing updates on Ariel’s condition. The aunt, Tiffany Verhulst, later offered details on Ariel’s condition.
“Ariel, while she is awake, she is not the same happy, free-spirited little girl she was before this horrific crash,” she wrote on the GoFundMe post. “She has a long road to recovery and the things that were once easy for her will no longer be. We are so happy she is awake, yet so sad at the toll this took on her body and brain. We are thankful for the continued support and love for her right now. No family or child should ever have to go through this.”
The fund on the social fundraising platform designated for her medical expenses had collected nearly $500,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
The girl had been hospitalized since the Feb. 4 crash in which a truck driven by Britt Reid collided with two cars, one that had run out of gas near Arrowhead Stadium and an SUV that had stopped to help in which Young and a 4-year-old child were sitting.
Reid, who at the time was the outside linebackers coach for the team, is under investigation by Kansas City, Mo., police. Reid told police that he had consumed at least two drinks before getting behind the wheel.
Reid, 35, was placed on leave with the Chiefs for the rest of his contract, which has since expired.
Andy Reid addressed the crash after the Chiefs’ loss in the Super Bowl.
“My heart goes out to all those involved in the accident, in particular the family with the little girl fighting for her life,” he told reporters. “I can’t comment on it any more than I am here, so the questions you have, I am going to have to turn those down at the time.
“But just from a human standpoint — man, my heart bleeds for everyone involved in that.”
The day after the Super Bowl, Reid told reporters that his son had surgery as well. “My heart goes out to the young lady,” he told reporters. “I’m also a dad, so I get that, so I have concerns obviously on both sides. Britt did have surgery; he’s doing better now. That little girl, my heart goes out to her.”
Court documents obtained by the Kansas City Star revealed that police collected four vials of blood from Britt Reid at the time of the accident, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Central time on an entrance ramp to Interstate 435 near Arrowhead. Reid also told police that he had a prescription for Adderall, a drug commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
A police officer wrote in an application for a search warrant that he could smell “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from his person” and observed that Reid’s eyes were “bloodshot and red.” A field sobriety test was conducted at the scene and again at a hospital where Reid was taken with stomach pain and an officer reported observing “four clues of impairment.”