Petara Cordero was the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns' defensive end Chris Smith. Cordero tragically passed away at the age of 26 on September 11, 2019, two weeks after giving birth to the couple's first child. Cordero, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, had turned 26 in July 2019.

Cordero is survived by her parents as well as five siblings. Cordero was killed in a car accident in Ohio. Cleveland.com reports that Smith had been telling teammates how excited he was that his girlfriend and daughter were flying up for the weekend.

According to Smith and Cordero's baby registry, the couple's baby daughter was due on August 17. Instagram posts from both Cordero and Smith indicate that their baby, named Haven Harris Smith, was born on or around August 27. On March 23, Cordero posted a video showing the couple's gender-reveal ceremony.

Cordero was killed on the morning of September 11 at around 2:00 a.m. when Smith's 2019 Lamborghini blew a tire and crashed into a median wall, the Cleveland Police Department said. The crash happened along the West 140th Street exit along Interstate 90. As Cordero and Smith got out of the car, a woman in a Mazda hit the passenger's side of Smith's car, hitting Cordero. She was rushed to Fairview Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Fox Cleveland reports that the woman driving the Mazda told police that she had been drinking. Police have said that Smith was not impaired nor as he been charged with any crime in relation to the crash. Cleveland.com reports that the woman's blood alcohol has been measured at 0.08 percent.

In a statement on the Browns website, Jimmy and Dee Haslam, owners of the team said, "Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara. Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time."