The wife of veteran ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman was killed Tuesday afternoon in a traffic collision in Connecticut.
“Katherine Ann Berman, 67, and another driver, Edward Bertulis, died in the two-car crash in Woodbury,” The New York Post reports. “Chris and Katherine had been married 33 years. She is survived by Chris and their two children, Meredith and Doug.”
In a statement, ESPN President John Skipper said: “This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend.”
The statement adds: “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. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”
The collision took place at about 2:15 p.m. on a state road in Woodbury, according to the Hartford Courant, which cites state police.
“Troopers are investigating the possibility that Bertulis suffered a medical emergency right before Berman’s Lexus crashed into the back of his car on Route 64 near Tuttle Road, a state police source told the Courant,” the paper reports. “Bertulis’daughter, Nancy Bertulis, said her father was healthy and drove the speed limit. He was coming from the cemetery — where he was visiting her mother’s grave — at the time of the crash, she said.”
Bertulis was 87.
“Police told the Hartford Courant that Berman’s 2003 Lexus rear-ended Bertilus’ car and went down an embankment before flipping over in a small body of water,” the Courant adds.
Chris Berman was reportedly at a Mets-Giants game at Citi Field at the time of the crash and was notified of his wife’s death by the NYPD.