CLEVELAND, Ohio – This sad news comes directly from Brown's release:
Petara Cordero, girlfriend of Brown's defensive Chris Smith, was killed Wednesday morning in a car crash on I-90 West in Cleveland.  Cordero and Smith were pulled over to the side of the highway after Smith's vehicle had a tire failure, resulting in a one-car accident when the vehicle went into a spin and finally hit the median. After leaving the car without significant damage, Cordero was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Cleveland police and medical officers arrived at the scene shortly after the incident.
"Words cannot describe the grief we feel for Chris after the loss of his girlfriend, Petara," Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “The whole organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and resources during this most difficult time. "
According to a police statement, Smith was not injured.
Browns players were notified of the incident during a team meeting Wednesday morning. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith at home earlier in the day.
In addition to the team's standard resources, the Browns will have counselors in place during the week to provide emotional support and care to all players and staff. [1
Smith will receive the entire team's support of resources and will have the opportunity to grieve as he sees fit, including being excused from or participating in team activities, if desired.