Sportscaster Chris Berman and his family remembered his wife Kathy as having a "huge heart", in a statement released a day after she was killed in CT auto crash.
Bertulis' Ford Escape struck a utility pole and landed on its roof in the street.
The family released a statement Wednesday night.
Kathy Berman, then Alexinski, met Chris Berman when he faked vehicle trouble to ask her for help, and then to go to breakfast with him.
Kathy, 67, was killed Tuesday when her Lexus rear-ended another vehicle near Woodbury.
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ESPN's sportscaster turned 62-years-old the day after his wife was killed in a auto accident.
The family also asked supporters to keep the family of Edward Bertulis, the 87-year-old man who also died in the crash, in their thoughts and prayers as well.
Kathy Berman, left, poses with Chris Berman and their two kids at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony honoring the ESPN broadcaster in 2010.
Berman, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chris Berman has worked at ESPN since 1979 and signed a new contract in January. "We would appreciate our privacy as we grieve our loss".
According to a profile of the family that appeared in the Hartford Courant in 1993, Chris Berman met the former Kathy Alexinski in 1983. He was coming from the cemetery, where he went every day to visit my mother.