Katherine Berman, the wife of veteran ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, died in a car crash in Connecticut, police confirmed.
The crash killed two people, including Berman, and happened at about 2:15 p.m. on May 9. 87-year-old Edward Bertulis was also killed in the crash, and state authorities are reportedly investigation whether Bertulis suffered a medical emergency before the back of his car was hit by Berman’s car.
State police told the Hartford Courant that Berman’s 2003 Lexus and Bertulis’ 2003 Ford Escape were both headed east on Sherman Hill Road in Middleburg when Berman rear-ended Bertulis and continued moving until it veered off the road. Her car then fell down and embankment and overturned in a small body of water. Bertilus also went off the road and hit a utility pole, then landed in the middle of the road upside down.
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend. 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,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement.
“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. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”
Chris Berman, the New York Post reported, was at Citi Field in New York for a Mets game when his wife died. He was notified by NYPD officers. Berman joined ESPN when he was 24 years old, just one month after the network was founded.
Sources: Hartford Courant, New York Post / Photo credit: Kenneth C. Zirkel via Wikimedia Commons