CLEVELAND, OHIO – A woman was killed in a roadside accident that happened after her boyfriend’s car spun out on the highway. Petara Cordero, 26, of Charlotte, was the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith, of Salisbury.
The team said 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 before the crash, causing him to strike 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.
Smith and Cordero recently celebrated the birth of a daughter, Haven Harris Smith.
Friends said Cordero was a ray of light.
“She just resonated positivity. She was very loving, very kind,” LaWan Adams said.
Codero’s first job was at LaWan’s Soul Food on South Tryon Street.
“I saw her when she was six months pregnant,” Adams said. “She came through to show me her stomach, and she was just so excited to have a baby and in such a good place.”
Police said other the driver admitted drinking. No charges have been filed and toxicology reports are pending.
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