‘A devastating tragedy’: Wife of ESPN’s Chris Berman killed in two-car crash in Connecticut

‘A devastating tragedy’: Wife of ESPN’s Chris Berman killed in two-car crash in Connecticut

‘A devastating tragedy’: Wife of ESPN’s Chris Berman killed in two-car crash in Connecticut

Chris Berman’s wife, ESPN’s long-time television network, died in a car accident in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, the day before Chris Berman’s 62nd birthday.

Katherine Ann Berman, 67, and another driver were killed in the two-car accident that struck around 2:15 p.m. EDT on Route 64 in Woodbury. Edward Bertulis, 87, of Waterbury was the other fatality. State police told the Hartford Courant that the two cars collided, with Bertulis’ 2003 Ford Escape then hitting a utility pole and rolling over its roof. Berman 2003 Lexus SC 430, deviated from the road and down an embankment, overturning into a small body of water.

Police were investigating whether Bertulis had suffered a medical emergency just before Berman’s car crashed into the back of his car on Route 64 near Tuttle Road, a state police source told the Courant. Bertulis’ daughter, Nancy, told the Courant that her father, who said he was healthy, had just arrived at the cemetery to visit his wife’s grave, which died in 2015, when the accident occurred. “This is a difficult time for both families,” Nancy Bertulis said on behalf of her brothers in a statement. “We would appreciate our privacy as we grieve for our loss.My father was healthy and happy and drove the speed limit.He came from the cemetery, where he went to visit my mother every day.He had five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Kathy Berman was a former teacher who had been married to Chris for over 33 years. The couple had two children, Meredith and Doug. Berman was attending the New York Mets game against his beloved San Francisco Giants at Citi Field when New York police told him of the accident.

‘A devastating tragedy’: Wife of ESPN’s Chris Berman killed in two-car crash in Connecticut

“This is a devastating tragedy and hard to understand. Chris is loved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: he has a great heart and has given so many to so many over the years,” said ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “We know how much your family means to him and all we can do at a time like this is to give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the whole family. . ”

Chris Berman joined ESPN in 1979 and resigned as host of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” in January after 31 seasons. Continued under contract with the Bristol, Connecticut network.

In a lengthy 1993 interview with the Courant, Berman recalled how he faked car problems just so that he had the opportunity to ask ex-Kathy Alexinski, a fourth-grade teacher at that time, for help and then an appointment for the breakfast. Ten years after that date, the story recounted that Bermies “have a very, very, very good house in Cheshire,” in a nod to Berman’s love for rock music. “They swim with the kids in the pool and play street hockey on the road. They keep the melodies.

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