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ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman’s wife, Katherine, killed in car accident

By Victor Mather

Katherine Berman, the wife of veteran ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, was killed in a car crash in Connecticut on Tuesday.

The two-car crash happened at 2 p.m. in Woodbury. Katherine Berman, 67, was killed, as was a man in the other vehicle, Edward Bertulis, 87.

According to a state police report, Katherine Berman’s Lexus struck Bertulis’ Ford from behind. Her car veered off the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned. Bertulis’ car hit a utility pole.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Katherine Berman was wearing a shoulder and lap belt, the report said. Bertulis was not. Air bags deployed in both vehicles.

The Bermans had been married since 1983. The former Katherine Alexinski was a teacher at the time of her marriage. The couple had two children, Meredith and Doug.

“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” John Skipper, president of ESPN, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”

Chris Berman, who turned 62 on Wednesday, has been with ESPN since just after it launched in 1979. He has recently stepped away from many of his on-air duties at the network.

The Buffalo Bills tweeted out this statement on Wednesday: "Chris Berman has been a friend of the Buffalo Bills for many years and we are all heartbroked to learn of the passing of his wife, Kathy. Today more than ever, we will circle the wagons for Boomer and his family."

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