Petara Cordero, Girlfriend of Browns DE Chris Smith, Killed in Car Accident

  • Petara Cordero, Girlfriend of Browns DE Chris Smith, Killed in Car Accident

Petara Cordero, Girlfriend of Browns DE Chris Smith, Killed in Car Accident

Smith and Cordero were on the side of I-90 in Cleveland after they had a tire malfunction around 2 a.m. Wednesday, which caused their vehicle to spin and hit the median. The 27-year-old's Lamborghini spun before hitting a median in the highway near the West 140th Street exit.

"Words can not describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara", the owners said in a statement. Cordero was struck after she had gotten out of the vehicle. She was 26, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.

According to a Cleveland police report provided by the Browns, Cordero was transported to Fairview Hospital and pronounced dead.

The couple recently celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Haven Harris Smith, who was just born a few weeks ago.

The driver of the second vehicle was also taken to the hospital, where she was to be released after receiving care.

Browns players were notified of the incident during a team meeting Wednesday morning, a Browns representative stated.

Police also added that Smith of the Lamborghini was not injured nor was he impaired at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed and toxicology reports are pending.

"Eric Smith was going about his morning at the Cleveland Music Group today when he got a call from Bob Sivik, the Cleveland Browns' Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service".

'Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith at his home earlier in the day.

The team will have counselors onsite throughout the week for players and staff.

Smith was excused from the Browns' second preseason game this year so that he could attend the birth of their daughter.

Smith was selected by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. According to the alleged culprit, he hasn't been to a Browns game in almost 10 years.