CLEVELAND, Ohio – This sad news stems directly from Brown's release and includes police information for cleveland.com: [19659002lightboxesPetaraCorderedthefriendofBrown'sdefensiveplayChrisSmithwurdeamworldmorninginacarcrashkilledontheI-90WestinCleveland
A 47-year-old woman told the Cleveland police she was about to die Crash drunk, the police told cleveland.com. Investigators await the results of toxicological testing to determine if the woman's blood alcohol level is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The 47-year-old woman had not been sued for Wednesday's incident because of the incident. She was released after being medically treated at Fairview Hospital.
Cordero and Smith were pulled to the side of the freeway after Smith's vehicle had a puncture that led to a car crash when the vehicle hit a bend and finally hit the median. After leaving the car without significant injuries Cordero was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Cleveland police and paramedics arrived shortly after the incident.
"Words can not describe the grief we feel for Chris after losing his girlfriend Petara," Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "Our entire organization mourns Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do our utmost to provide our support, comfort and resources during this most difficult time. "
According to a police statement, Smith was not affected.
Browns players were briefed on the incident Wednesday morning during a team meeting. Brown coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith earlier in the day at home.
In addition to the team's internal standard resources, the Browns will have on-site counsel during the week, providing emotional support and care to all players and employees.
Smith and Cordero recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Haven Harris Smith. Smith was excused from the preseason game by Browns-Colts so he could attend the birth.
Smith will receive the full support of the team for resources and will have the opportunity to grieve in their sole discretion, even if he is excused or apologized for participation in team activities.