CLEVELAND ā€” The girlfriend of Cleveland Browns defensive end and North Carolina native Chris Smith was killed in a roadside accident that happened after his car spun out on the highway.

  • Chris Smith is from Mount Ulla, NC
  • His girlfriend was hit by vehicle on I-90 
  • Smith, Cordero recently had baby daughter together
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The team said Petara Cordero was killed when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle on Interstate 90 West at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. Cordero was a passenger in Smith's Lamborghini, which had a tire malfunction, causing the vehicle to careen into a median wall.

Cordero got out of the vehicle and was standing on the road's shoulder when a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old woman smashed into the passenger side of Smith's car.

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

Police said other the driver admitted drinking. No charges have been filed, and toxicology reports are pending.

Smith was not impaired or injured, police said.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam offered their condolences to Smith, who signed as a free agent with the team last year. He played one season in Cincinnati and three in Jacksonville.

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

"Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time."

Browns players were told of the crash during a meeting, and coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith at his home.

Smith and Cordero recently celebrated the birth of a daughter, Haven Harris Smith. Smith had been excused from the team's exhibition game against Indianapolis last month for the baby's arrival.

Smith played in Sunday's season-opening loss to Tennessee. The Browns play at the New York Jets on Monday night.