Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid says 'heart bleeds’ for girl, 5, fighting for her life after son’s horror car crash
KANSAS City Chiefs coach Andy Reid says his "heart bleeds" for a little girl left fighting for her life after a horror car crash involving his son.
Britt Reid – a linebackers coach for the NFL giants – is alleged to have caused the three-car pile-up which left the five year old critically injured.
The 35 year old – who suffered minor injuries – allegedly told police he had been drinking prior Thursday's crash, according to an NBC Sports report.
Reid's pickup smashed into two stationary cars, injuring two children aged four and five, cops in Kansas say.
After last night's Super Bowl LV – which the Chiefs lost 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – his father spoke candidly about what had happened.
“My heart goes out to those involved, the family of those little girls fighting for their lives,’’ Andy Reid said after the game.
"From a human standpoint, my heart bleeds for them.’’
Reid refused to use the incident as an excuse for his side's loss, pointing out “the game plan was put in a week ago.’’
“From a human standpoint, yeah, it’s a tough one,’’ he said, according to the New York Post.
“From a football standpoint … two separate things. From a football standpoint, I don’t think that was the problem.’’
Britt Reid allegedly admitted having "two or three drinks" on top of prescription drugs before the crash near the NFL side's stadium.
Police reportedly said they could smell alcohol on Reid, and his eyes were bloodshot.
The older of the two girls injured remains "in very critical condition" after suffering swelling and bleeding on the brain, according to her family.
Aunt Tiffany Verhulst posted heartbreaking photos of her cousin's daughter Ariel in hospital.
Thousands of dollars have now been raised for the seriously injured youngster who has been left in coma.
According to a GoFundMe for the girl more than $290,000 was raised as of Sunday night by over 7,500 donors.
"Ariel, 5 years old, suffered swelling in and bleeding in and around the brain. She is in critical condition and hasn’t woken since the crash,"GoFundMe page read.
"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."
The incident report provided by the Kansas City Missouri Police department police reportedly said that a car ran out of gas on an on-ramp to Interstate 435 in Kansas City.
After the driver called relatives for help, a second car arrived, also parked on the on-ramp.
According to the police report, a third car, which local news outlet KSHB said was driven by Britt Reid, came along and struck the left front of the disabled vehicle, before slamming into the rear of the second vehicle.
The five-year-old child was sat in the backseat, along with a four-year-old child, who was also taken to an area hospital by ambulance, but with non-life-threatening injuries.
Reid joined the Chiefs in 2013 as a defensive assistant and worked his way through the ranks to become the outside linebackers coach in 2019.
A statement from the Kansas City Chiefs, issued on Friday morning, said the organisation had 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," the statement read.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved."
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