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Wife Of ESPN Sportscaster Chris Berman, 1 Other Killed In Woodbury Crash

Chris Berman is a longtime anchor at ESPN. His wife died Tuesday in a two-car crash in Woodbury.
Chris Berman is a longtime anchor at ESPN. His wife died Tuesday in a two-car crash in Woodbury. Photo Credit: ESPN

WOODBURY, Conn. — The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, a Greenwich native, was one of two people killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 64 in Woodbury on Tuesday afternoon, state police said.

The Lexus driven by 67-year-old Katherine Berman of Cheshire rear-ended a Ford Escape driven by Edward Bertulis, 87, of Waterbury near Tuttle Road at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, state police said.

"This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend," ESPN President John Skipper 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 all the love and support he will surely need at this hour."

Bertulis' car veered right off the road, hit a utility pole, and landed upside down, state police said. Berman's car also veered right, went off the road and crashed down an embankment into a body of water, according to state police.

Berman was pronounced dead at the scene. Bertulis was transported to Waterbury Hospital, where he died. The crash remains under investigation.

Chris Berman joined ESPN in 1979 and married Kathy four years later, according to ESPN. He stepped down in January from his role as host of "Sunday NFL Countdown" after 31 seasons, but is still with the network.

Kathy Berman, a longtime school teacher, was married to Chris Berman for more than 33 years, and they had two adult children, Meredith and Douglas. She was 67.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and his entire family," the statement from Skipper said.

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