WOODBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Two drivers are dead after a car accident in Woodbury on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have identified the victims as 67-year-old Katherine Ann Berman, of Cheshire, and 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, of Waterbury.
According to police, the incident happened on Sherman Hill Road just after 2 p.m. Both cars were driving east in the direction toward Tuttle Road, when Berman’s Lexus rear ended Bertulis’ Ford Escape.
Berman’s car then went off the roadway, down an embankment and overturned into a body of water. Bertulis hit a utility pole, landing in the center of the road on its roof.
Berman died on scene. Bertulis was taken to Waterbury Hospital where he later died from serious injuries.
Police say the cause of this crash is still under investigation.
Berman was the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.
The President of ESPN, John Skipper, released the following statement to ESPN.com regarding the crash:
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. 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.”
Several ESPN colleagues of Berman as well as professional sports organizations responded on social media Wednesday.
Like many of u I am Heartbrokrn over the news of the tragic passing of Kathy Berman / Prayers go out to Chris & his family May she RIP
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 10, 2017
Truly sad to hear Mrs. Kathy Berman is no longer with us. Praying for you Chris as I know you always told me she was your rock.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 10, 2017
There are times when words are obviously insufficient. Thoughts are with Chris Berman and his family today. Unimaginably sad.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) May 10, 2017
Sad day here in Bristol. My heart and prayers go out to my colleague and football broadcasting legend Chris Berman on the loss of his wife.
— Jacob Wolf (@JacobNWolf) May 10, 2017
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 10, 2017
Our thoughts are with Chris Berman and his family after the passing of his wife Kathy.
Statement from Coach Harbaugh: pic.twitter.com/UVW0ant1IA
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 10, 2017
Statement on the passing of Chris Berman’s wife, Kathy: pic.twitter.com/9NCpxcnNS9
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 10, 2017
There was also love for Mr. Bertulis. His daughter gave News8 a hand-written statement from the family:
“This is a very difficult time for both families……my father was coming home from the cemetery where he went everyday to visit my mother. He was healthy, happy, and drove the speed limit. He was 87, but never had an accident or a speeding ticket. He leaves behind 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.”
Steven Larson was at the scene yesterday moments after the accident.
“It was horrific,” he said. “Absolutely horrific.”
Larson drives on that road everyday to pick up his son from school. When he came upon the accident, he stopped to see if anyone needed help. He says a group of people became good samaratans — trying to rescue both Mrs. Berman and Mr. Bertulis from both cars before police and emergency crews got there.
First — they tried to help Mr. Bertulis because they saw his car upside down in the middle of the street.
“He was crying out for help,” Larson said.
After helping him, they heard screams down the road where Mrs. Berman’s car was in the water off the street.
“Her car was upside down in the water,” Larson said. “We wanted to try to flip this car that was in the water, but it was too late.”
Police are still investigating the cause of this tragedy.