Chris Ber­man’s wife, Kather­ine, dies in car crash

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.

STEVEN VALENTI, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

JOHN SALANGSANG, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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