NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tragedy has struck ESPN.
The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has died in a traffic crash in Connecticut.
State police say 67-year-old Katherine Ann Berman, of Cheshire, was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in Woodbury. The other victim was 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, of Waterbury.
“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.”
Police say Kathy Berman’s car struck the rear of Bertulis’ SUV and both veered off the road. Berman’s car went down an embankment and overturned in a body of water.
Bertulis’ vehicle struck a utility pole and landed on its roof.
Chris Berman was at Citi Field on Tuesday night watching the San Francisco Giants play the Mets when he was notified of the accident by NYPD officers, Courant investigative reporter Dave Altimari tweeted Wednesday morning.
ESPN is based in Bristol, Connecticut.