Girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith killed in I-90 crash

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 12, 2019

When the tire blew out, Smith said the auto veered and they struck the center median; they couple exited the vehicle and were standing on the shoulder when the woman approached their auto, striking the passenger door and then Cordero.

"Words can not describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara", Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. Cordero was struck by an oncoming vehicle after exiting the auto with no significant injuries.

The other driver admitted to drinking, according to a Cleveland police report provided by the Browns.

Paramedics and police arrived on the scene and took Cordero to the hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.

Smith and Cordero recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Haven Harris Smith. "We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most hard time".

The driver of the second vehicle was also taken to the hospital, and was treated and released.

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At the tail end of the team's ugly Week 1 home loss to the Titans, cameras caught a Browns fan throwing beer on a Titans player after he jumped up towards the stands after Baker Mayfield was intercepted.

On Wednesday, a Cleveland-based DJ, Eric Smith, said that he got a call from Bob Sivik, the Cleveland Browns vice president of ticket sales and service, to inform him that he has been banned from FirstEnergy Stadium for the Ryan beer toss.

Police also added that Smith of the Lamborghini was not injured nor was he impaired at the time of the crash.

The incident is under investigation, and no charges have been filed as of this time.

Browns players were notified of Cordero's death during a team meeting on Wednesday morning and counselors will be on site to help staff and players in need, WJW reports.

Smith, 27, was drafted by the Jaguars in 2014. According to the alleged culprit, he hasn't been to a Browns game in almost 10 years.

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