May 10 (UPI) — Legendary ESPN personality Chris “Boomer” Berman lost his wife Tuesday in a deadly car incident in Woodbury, Conn.
According to police, Katherine Berman’s 2003 Lexus SC 430
hit the back of a 2003 Ford Escape at about 2:15 p.m. on Sherman Hill Road. The accident killed both drivers.
Berman was 67-years-old. Edward Bertulis, 87, was the other driver.
The Lexus veered off of the road after the crash, rolled down an embankment and flipped over into a body of water, according to the police report. The Escape hit a utility pole before turning over.
Bertulis died at Waterbury Hospital, according to police. You can read the full police report, obtained by TMZ, here.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” John Skipper, president of ESPN, 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 the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”
According to the Hartford Courant, Berman was attending the New York Mets’ 6-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday at Citi Field. NYPD officers reportedly notified him of the accident.
The Berman’s have two children. Chris and Kathy, a teacher, announced their marriage publicly in a 1983 edition of the New York Times.
Berman, 62, joined ESPN in 1979; a month after the network was founded. In January he left his spot on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown following a 31-year run, but he was not included in the company’s recent round of major layoffs.