NFL Cleveland Browns defensive end, Chris Smith has on Wednesday lost his girlfriend, Petara Cordero, in a car accident.
According to a statement by Cleveland police, Smith and Petara were traveling on a Cleveland highway when a tire malfunction reportedly caused his vehicle to spin out of control and hit a median.
Without significant injuries, Cordero got out of the car. Shortly after, a woman in a 2017 Mazda 3 hit the passenger’s side of Smith’s car and Cordero, who was standing on the shoulder,
The 26-year-old was struck by a car and killed in front of her NFL player boyfriend.
Shortly after, Police and paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed Cordero to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, the driver of the second car was also taken to the hospital, where she was to be released after receiving care.
The woman also admitted she had been drinking.
Police are still waiting for toxicology results.
This is coming just weeks after Cordero and Smith welcomed their daughter Haven Harris Smith.
“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” said the team’s owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam in a statement. “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.”