Charlotte Woman, Girlfriend of NFL Player Killed in Ohio Car Crash

CLEVELAND, OHIO- Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith, was killed in a car accident Wednesday morning in Cleveland.

Authorities said 26-year-old Cordero, who was from Charlotte, was killed in a roadside accident that happened after her boyfriend's car spun out on Interstate 90.

Smith is from 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 got out of the car and was standing on the road's shoulder when a car driven by a 47-year-old woman smashed into the passenger side of the Lamborghini.

According to a Cleveland police report provided by the Browns, Cordero was taken to Fairview Hospital and pronounced dead.

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