Downer, Walters & Mitchener, P.A.
Call Today for a Consultation
Hablamos Español

Girlfriend of NFL player killed while standing on side of I-90

Because of their size and strength, professional athletes, especially football players, often appear to be immortal. Sometimes, this image of immortality extends to their families or girlfriends. When death or serious injury strikes one of these elite people, the reaction can be intense grief mixed with disbelief. These emotions were on the loose recently after the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns player Chris Smith was struck and killed by a car while she was standing on the shoulder of I-90.

Both Smith and the woman were residents of Charlotte, and she had flown to Cleveland to watch her boyfriend perform as a member of the Cleveland Browns. The two were traveling west on I-90 when one of the tires on Smith's Lamborghini suddenly deflated and caused the vehicle to strike the retaining wall. Smith stopped the car, and he and the woman got out to inspect the damage. While the woman was standing on the shoulder of the freeway, she was struck and killed by a Mazda heading west on I-90.

The driver of the Mazda told police that she had been drinking before the accident. Police have not said whether they believe the woman to have been impaired at the time of the accident, although they have exonerated Smith from any alcohol-related liability for the mishap. One report stated that the blood alcohol content of the Mazda driver was 0.08%, an exact match for the legal limit in Ohio.

The deceased woman had given birth to a baby just two weeks prior to the accident. The infant daughter may have a wrongful death claim under Ohio law against the driver of the Mazda for her mother's death. Smith has no legal relationship to the dead woman, and he, unfortunately, will have no such claim.

Anyone who has lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for advice on the likelihood of recovering damages for lost of emotional support and love and companionship.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response
  • What Our Clients Say

    “I hired Downer Walters & Mitchener to handle my personal injury claim and I am more then happy to say they got me the settlement I deserved in a timely manner. They showed compassionate and they treated me how I like to be treated. They answered all the questions I had and returned phone calls in appropriate time. I would recommend them and/or use them again. I would definitely give them a five star rating and rehire for any of my future claims thanks you guys you are the best...sincerely” - Kristie Silleman

  • What Our Clients Say

    “I was looking for representation as a young lady after I got into a bad accident and didn't know who to call. I saw Downer Walters & Mitchener on TV and decided to call them up they came to my house immediately and helped me in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend them and use them in the future.” - Shatoine Adams

Contact The Firm

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Downer, Walters & Mitchener, P.A.
701 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704-594-4354
Fax: 704-333-5248
Charlotte Law Office Map

Review Us