by Anthony Payero
ESPN anchor Chris Berman lost his wife due to a horrid car accident in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN president John Skipper.
Katherine Ann Berman, 67, was a school teacher. The crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. on Route 64 in Woodbury. Two cars were involved, and both drivers were killed. Edward Bertulis, 87, was the other driver.
In the aftermath of the collision, Berman’s 2003 Lexus SC 430 went off road and overturned into some water. State police told the Hartford Courant Bertulis’s 2003 Ford Escape struck a pole and rolled onto its roof.
Nancy Bertulis, Edward’s daughter, revealed that he had just left the cemetery where he visited his wife’s grave, who died in 2015, according to the Courant.
“This is a difficult time for both families,” Nancy Bertulis said on behalf of her siblings in a statement. “We would appreciate our privacy as we grieve our loss. My father was healthy and happy and drove the speed limit.”
The Berman family was in preparation for the patriarch’s 62nd birthday, which was on Wednesday. Chris and Kathy Berman were married for more than 33 years. The couple had two children, Doug and Meredith.
Berman was in attendance for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants game when New York police broke the news to him.
Berman began his career after graduating from Brown University with ESPN in 1979. Although he stepped down from his role as lead anchor for the network’s “Sunday NFL Countdown”, he remains under contract with the company.
Skipper shared kind words in a statement released on Wednesday.
“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,” he said. “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.”