Petara Cordero was in 2019 by Smith's Lamborghini in 19659002] when the couple pulled off the side of I-90 West in Cleveland around 2 a.m. after a tire cracked.
Without serious injury, Cordero emerged from the vehicle. Soon, a woman in a 2017 Mazda 3 struck the passenger side of Smith and Lamb's vehicle, standing on. the shoulder, Cleveland police said in a statement to CNN.
Police and paramedics arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Cordero, 26, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the second car was also taken to the hospital, where he was released after receiving care. The woman admitted to drinking, police said. A toxicology report is pending.
Smith was not damaged, police said. Browns said players were informed of a team meeting. Head coach Freddie Kitchens also visited Smith at his home.
"Words cannot describe the sadness we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara," team owners 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."
The Browns will have on-site counselors throughout the week to provide emotional support for players and staff.