Chris Berman’s wife, Katherine, dies in car crash
Katherine Berman, the wife of veteran ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, was killed in a car crash in Connecticut on Tuesday.
The two-car crash happened at 2 p.m. in Woodbury. Katherine Berman, 67, was killed, as was a man in the other vehicle, Edward Bertulis, 87.
According to a state police report, Katherine Berman’s Lexus struck Bertulis’ Ford from behind. Her car veered off the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned. Bertulis’ car hit a utility pole.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Katherine Berman was wearing a shoulder and lap belt, the report said. Bertulis was not. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.
The Bermans had been married since 1983. The former Katherine Alexinski was a Grade 4 teacher in Waterbury at the time of her marriage. She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut. The couple had two children, Meredith and Doug.
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” John Skipper, president of ESPN, said in a statement. “Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour.”
Chris Berman, who turned 62 on Wednesday, has been with ESPN since just after it launched in 1979. He has recently stepped away from many of his on-air duties at the network.
Firefighters try to secure a vehicle that went into a stream after a crash in Woodbury, Conn. that killed Katherine Ann Berman, wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, right, and another driver.