Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith, was killed Wednesday morning, the team announced.
The two were on a highway in Cleveland when Smith pulled over his 2019 Lamborghini after a tire malfunction caused the two to hit a median. Cordero, who was a passenger in the car, then exited the vehicle and stood to the shoulder. That’s when a car, driven by a 47-year-old woman, crashed into the car, subsequently hitting and killing Cordero, according to NBC Sports.
According to a Cleveland police report provided by the Browns, Cordero was transported to Fairview Hospital and pronounced dead.
The police said the other driver admitted to drinking. However, as of yet, no charges have been filed, and toxicology reports are pending, according to ESPN.
Police say Smith was not impaired or injured. However, the couple had just had a daughter together last month.
The Browns held a team meeting Wednesday morning to tell the players following the unfortunate news.
“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said 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.”