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5-year-old hurt in crash breathing on her own, still unresponsive

Ariel was injured Feb. 4 in crash with Britt Reid
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Posted at 1:15 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 19:09:33-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ariel, the 5-year-old girl who was hurt in a crash involving Britt Reid, is breathing on her own, but she otherwise remains unresponsive.

Kansas City, Missouri, police provided the update on her condition Tuesday.

Her family said she was awake Monday night in an update posted to their GoFundMe page, which has raised nearly $500,000 for Ariel's medical expenses.

They posted a more extensive update Tuesday, writing that Ariel has a long road to recovery ahead.

"Ariel, while she is awake she is not the same happy free spirited little girl she was before this horrific crash. 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 family wrote.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. on Feb. 4 when Ariel's family was assisting a stranded motorist on the entrance ramp from Stadium Drive to Interstate 435.

A truck driven by former Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid struck the car Ariel was in, critically injuring the girl and sending a 4-year-old child to the hospital with less serious injuries.

Reid, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, told police he had two to three drinks before driving that night and had taken prescribed Adderall, according to court documents.

He was placed on administrative leave before his contract with the Chiefs expired last week.

No criminal charges have been filed as investigation into the crash continues.