UPDATED: 2:29 p.m. ET, Feb. 9, 2021 —
Authorities revealed that an investigation into a crash involving Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid which left two children injured, could take take weeks.
During a Monday news conference Kansas City Attorney Howard Lotven revealed investigators were waiting for the outcome of Reid’s blood alcohol exam, which was sent to the Missouri state Highway Patrol lab, WDAF reports.
“That usually takes 4-8 weeks. Only because they are testing those blood tests from all around the state,” said Lotven.
On Feb. 4 Reid’s Dodge Ram collided with a Chevrolet Traverse stopped alongside Interstate 435. Inside the car were two children aged four and five, who both sustained injures in the crash. The five-year-old named Ariel is currently fighting for her life in the hospital. According to Ariel’s family she remains in critical condition. A GoFundMe to raise funds for Ariel has surpassed the $400,00 mark.
Reid told officers he was under the influence of two to three drinks, and had taken his Adderall prescription prior to the crash. He was admitted to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains but was not arrested.
According to KSHB authorities also seized Reid’s phone over the weekend as part of the investigation to determine if he was using his phone at the time of the crash.
The family of a five-year-old girl fighting for her life after sustaining injuries in a multi-vehicle car crash involving Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, recently launched a GoFundMe campaign, which doubled its intended financial goal.
As of Monday, the family of the young child named Ariel raised over $300,000 for her recovery. But the case stirs up sentiment of the “haves” and “have nots” in a political and social climate triggered by the systemic injustices Black families continually suffer under, even before the pandemic.
“Ariel who just turned 5 years old suffered swelling in the brain and bleeding around her brain, she hasn’t woken since the crash,” the girl’s aunt, Tiffany Verhulst, wrote on GoFundMe. “She is still in very critical condition.”
Britt Reid, the son of Kansas City Chief head coach Andy Reid, became involved in the accident days before the team partook in Super Bowl LV where they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reid was not present during the game
According to CNN, the pileup occurred on Thursday when Reid’s Dodge Ram struck a Chevrolet Traverse stopped alongside Interstate 435, not far from Arrowhead Stadium. Ariel’s mother, the driver of the Traverse, stopped to assist a family member who called for assistance after running out of gas, the New York Daily News reports. Ariel and a four-year-old child were rushed to the hospital, but Ariel’s injuries placed her in critical care.
When questioned by authorities Reid confessed he was under the influence of two to three drinks and the prescription drug Adderall. He was taken to the hospital after stating he was experiencing stomach pain.
Reid was not apprehended or charged with any crimes.
Police are investigating the matter after identifying Reid’s “multiple DUI contacts.” Law enforcement collected Reid’s blood after a judge authorized permission to do so to assist with their investigation.
On Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs released a statement regarding the accident. “The organization has been made aware of a multi-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.”
On social media commentators shared messages of support for Ariel and her family, while also pointing out the glaring differences regarding how law enforcement interacts with white, affluent members of society.