CLEVELAND, Ohio – Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith, was shot and killed early Wednesday morning on I-90 in Cleveland by a woman who told Cleveland police that he was drinking.
Smith and Lamb, with a daughter Haven Harris Smith four weeks ago, appeared Tuesday night because players' day was Wednesday, but police said Smith was not very damaging. had Petara and Haven fly out of Charlotte, NC to see him this weekend. She expressed how fortunate and grateful she was to have Petara and Haven in her life, with her two older children who were not Petara, and how happy she was.
"Words cannot describe the sadness we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend Petara," Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "Our entire organization is mourning Chris, his family and the Lamb's family. We will do everything we can to provide them with our support, comfort and resources at this difficult time."
Players Browns were informed of the tragedy at a team meeting Wednesday morning. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith at his home earlier in the day, and a source told cleveland.com that teammates, including Baker Mayfield, who was close to Smith, visited him throughout the day.Javon Hargrave of the Steelers, planned to drive to Cleveland today to be with Smith.
A favorite team, Smith has many close friends with players such as teammate Christian Kirksey and such a big brother to some there, including fellow defensive end Genard Avery. g news of the tragedy has tilted the team as it prepares for a Monday night game against the Jets.
Smith may have decided to play Monday night against the Jets depending on how he feels over the next few days, a source said.
The 47-year-old woman who struck Lamb at about 2 a.m. told Cleveland police she had been drinking before the death, police said. Investigators are waiting for the results of toxicology tests to determine if the woman's blood-alcohol content is above the legal limit of driving 0.08 percent.
The woman was not charged in the incident Wednesday afternoon, police said. He was released from custody after receiving medical treatment at Fairview Hospital.
Smith and Lamb are heading west on I-90 near the West 140th Street Exit Ramp in his 2019 2019 Lamborghini. Smith told police a tire in his vehicle exploded causing the vehicle to veer left and hit the central median wall. Smith and Petara exited the vehicle and were standing on the north shoulder of Interstate 90 West.
A short time later, the woman in a 2017 Mazda 3 approached the disabled Lamborghini. The Mazda is pointing to its right, hitting the passenger door open and then the Lamb.
Lamb was taken to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced dead.
The female driver of the Mazda was taken to The Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where she was treated and released.
This matter remains under investigation and no charges have been filed as of this time.
In addition to the team's standard in-house resources, The Browns will have on-site mentors throughout the week to provide emotional support and care to all players and staff.
Smith was released from the Browns-Colts preseason game Aug. 17 so could attend Haven's birth. According to the Browns, Smith will receive the support of the entire team of resources and will have the opportunity to grieve as he sees fit, including being excuse from or participating in any team activities, if desired.
Cleveland.com reporter Evan Macdonald contributed to this report
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