Preventable Tragedies

Petara Cordero, girlfriend of Browns’ Chris Smith, killed in accident

September 11, 2019

Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith, died Wednesday morning after a car accident on a Cleveland highway. According to a statement released by the Browns, Smith’s 2019 Lamborghini had a tire malfunction and spun into the median. Both Smith, who was driving, and Cordero, a passenger, exited the car without major injury. Cordero, 26, was then struck by an oncoming vehicle. Smith was not impaired, nor was he injured, police said.

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Decomposed body found days after crash in northwest Harris County

August 19, 2019

Deputies said the crash happened around 3 a.m. Friday on Windfern Road near Schooner Lane. Neighbors reported hearing a crash, but no vehicle was found, authorities said. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the older-model green Lexus was traveling southbound on Windfern but lost control of the vehicle while taking a sharp turn. Deputies said the vehicle went off the road, hit a turn warning sign, a guardrail and a chain-link fence before traveling about 65 feet into the wooded area.

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WB I-96 reopens near Kensington Rd. after 30-car pileup

July 16, 2019

A Westbound Interstate 96 has reopened near Kensington Road after being closed for nearly two hours in a pileup involving more than 30 vehic Michigan State Police said an initial crash was reported on the freeway at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and involved about 30 vehicles. A secondary crash was reported after traffic had stopped for the first crash.

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Video shows 25-car pile-up in North Carolina

June 06, 2019

Video above shows a 25-car pile-up that happened Tuesday on I-40 near Raleigh. Traffic was backed up for six miles for nearly three hours. Seven people were injured. Weather is thought to be a contributing factor.

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Semi-truck driver, 23, arrested after 4 people are killed in fiery crash involving 28 vehicles on Colorado freeway

April 26, 2019

The 23-year-old semi-truck driver was heading down a hill when he slammed into traffic that had slowed due to a previous crash ahead of him, officials said. The collision in the Denver suburb of Lakewood started a chain reaction and a diesel fuel spill, Countryman earlier told the Denver Post. The fire was said to be so intense that it melted the roadway and the metal off cars. “This is looking to be one of the worst accidents we’ve had here in Lakewood,” he said.

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‘It was insane’ | Up to 17 cars involved in I-45 pileup caused by runaway tire

March 28, 2019

A runaway tire on I-45 North caused a big, multi-car pileup near downtown Houston early Thursday. It happened when a tire flew off a Jeep lost and landed in the middle of I-45 near Memorial Drive. Drivers swerving to miss the tire ended up crashing into each other. Other drivers didn’t see the tire and ran over it, damaging their vehicles with flat tires, busted bumpers — or worse.

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Jim Boeheim was at or near the speed limit when fatal crash occurred, DA says

February 27, 2019

Boeheim was behind the wheel of a GMC Acadia that struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez at 11:30 p.m. last Wednesday after Boeheim swerved to avoid a disabled vehicle on a dark, icy highway after Syracuse’s game against Louisville. Jimenez was one of four people who had been in the disabled car, which had skidded on a patch of ice into a guardrail in the center median. Only one of the four had made it from the disabled 2011 Dodge Charger, which was blocking two lanes of traffic, into the median when the collision occurred.

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HPD: Horrific crash that killed two men started as a minor incident on 610 South Loop

November 15, 2018

Police said two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla and a Nissan Frontier, were involved in a minor collision in the westbound lanes. The drivers, both men, stopped in a moving lane of traffic and exited their vehicles. That’s when the driver of a larger Chevrolet pickup slammed into the stopped vehicles and drivers. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup told police they were following another vehicle prior to the major collision, and they were not able to see the stopped vehicles.

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Bodies identified following fiery crash in Childress County

August 10, 2017

Officials said around 9:50 p.m. an 18-wheeler, and two sedans were traveling south on U.S. 287 near Kirkland during extremely high winds and very bad visibility. Several vehicles were stopped or moving slowly due to poor visibility. The driver of the 18-wheeler could not see the slow traffic and crashed into a Ford sedan which then crashed into another vehicle. The 18-wheeler and Ford sedan ended up in a ditch where both vehicles caught on fire.

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At Least 20 Hurt as 94 Vehicles Pile Up on North Carolina Interstate

March 14, 2016

Blinding sun, rain and rubbernecking were blamed for a chain of accidents involving almost 100 vehicles along a stretch of interstate in North Carolina on Sunday evening, injuring at least 20 people and delaying travel late into the night. Incredibly, none of the injuries was reported to be serious in the series of wrecks, which the state Transportation Department tabulated at nine, involving 94 vehicles, along a six-mile stretch of freeway where westbound Interstate 40 and southbound Interstate 85 are combined in Alamance County, east of Burlington.

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