Girlfriend of NFL Star Chris Smith Dies in Car Crash

By The Associated Press
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The Associated Press
September 11, 2019 Updated: September 11, 2019

The girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith was killed in a roadside accident that happened after his car spun out on the highway. It happened just four weeks after she gave birth to their daughter.

The team said Petara Cordero, died when she was struck by an oncoming car on I-90 West at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Cordero was a passenger in Smith’s Lamborghini, which had a tire malfunction and he struck the median wall.

Cordero exited the vehicle and was standing on the road’s shoulder when a car 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 and pronounced dead.

Last Sunday, 27-year-old Cleveland Browns’ defense end Chris Smith expressed his joy over his current life. He said how blessed and grateful he was. His girlfriend Petara Cordero, 26, was at his side with their newborn daughter Haven Harris, reported.

Because the players were free on Wednesday Petara had come over with Haven from Charlotte, North Carolina to spend some time together, according to the outlet.

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Chris Smith #50 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The 47-year-old woman later admitted to police that she had been drinking. She was treated at the Fairview Hospital and later released. The matter is still under investigation, and as yet no charges have been filed but a toxicology report is pending.

Smith was unharmed. It is not clear whether his daughter Haven was in the car at the time of the accident.

The team owners, Dee and Jimmy Haslam, released a statement on the Browns’ website: “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.”

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Cleveland’s players were told of the accident during a meeting and coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith at his home.

NFL Tells Odell Beckham Jr. Not to Wear Expensive Watch During Games: Report

There’s much ado lately with the Cleveland Browns team.

Recently, the NFL told Odell Beckham Jr., who played his first game with the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, not to wear a $350,000 watch during games.

Beckham was spotted wearing the expensive Richard Mille-designed timepiece during the Browns game against the Indianapolis Colts. Some reports said it was worth $250,000 and others said it was worth $350,000.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens stated that he didn’t know Beckham was wearing it.

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Wide receiver Odell Beckham, of the Cleveland Browns, warms up prior to a preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 29, 2019. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

“As long as they’re going to enforce that with everyone, I’m fine with it,” Kitchens said. “Let’s just make sure it gets enforced with everybody,” Sports Illustrated reported.

On Monday, Sept. 9, the NFL reached out to Beckham and asked him not to wear it again, the publication also reported.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora said there are no rules prohibiting jewelry, but he said there is a rule “prohibiting hard objects.”

The Browns devastatingly lost to the Colts, 43-13. Beckham caught seven passes for 71 yards in his Cleveland debut.

Sports Illustrated noted that he also drove his orange Rolls Royce to FirstEnergy Stadium.

Beckham issued a statement on Twitter, but it’s not clear if it was about the watch.

“If ain’t one thing…. it’s another,” he tweeted.

Epoch Times reporters Victor Westerkamp and Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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