Girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith killed in tragic accident

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2019

According to the Browns, Cordero and Smith pulled over to the side of a highway after Smith's auto had a tire malfunction, which resulted in the vehicle spinning and hitting a median. The luxury vehicle swerved on the road and stopped after hitting the median.

"Words can not describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara", the Haslams said.

Both Smith and Cordero exited the vehicle and were standing on the north shoulder of I-90 westbound when a 47-year-old woman driving a Mazda struck the passenger door of the Lamborghini. Cleveland's News 5 reports that Smith nor Cordero were impaired, but the woman who struck and killed Cordero admitted to drinking.

"Our entire organisation mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family".

Cordero was taken to Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, where she was pronounced dead.

Players were informed of the tragedy during a team meeting on Wednesday morning.

The couple went out Tuesday night, as Browns players had Wednesday off. Police said Smith, who was driving when a tire blew out on his sports auto, was not impaired. Head coach Freddie Kitchens also visited Smith at his home.

In addition to the team's standard in-house resources, the Browns will have counselors onsite throughout the week to provide emotional support and care to all players and staff.

The couple recently celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Haven Harris Smith, who was just born a few weeks ago. No charges have been filed and toxicology reports are pending.

The problem: Smith claimed that he hasn't attended a Browns game in nine years and was working a wedding during Sunday's game.

Smith, 27, is in his second season with the Browns after spending three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2014-16) and one with the Cincinnati Bengals (2017). According to the alleged culprit, he hasn't been to a Browns game in almost 10 years.

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