It’s with a heavy heart that I report Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns’ Chris Smith, was struck and killed by a car early Wednesday morning.
She was 26-years-young.
Chris and Petara were traveling on a Cleveland highway when the tire malfunctioned on their vehicle causing the car to spin out and hit the median.
The couple pulled over to the side of the highway and exited the vehicle. That’s when an oncoming car struck and killed Petara.
The female driver of the Mazda 3 admitted she had been drinking. Police are awaiting a toxicology report.
Petara Cordero gave birth to a baby girl, Haven Harris Smith, last month.
Chris took to social media to express his love for Petara and Haven:
Cleveland Brown owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released the following statement:
Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara.
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.
Watch the news report below.
I am heartbroken for Chris and Petara’s family. I can’t begin to imagine.
Please join me in uplifting them in prayer.