The family of an elderly Connecticut man who died last year has filed a lawsuit against a bar for serving alcohol to an already drunk woman moments before she got in her vehicle and crashed, killing herself and the victim.
Edward Bertulis, 87, died on May 9, 2017 after Katherine Berman, the wife of ESPN anchor Chris Berman, crashed into his vehicle in Woodbury.
Family members said Bertulis had just left a cemetery where he was visiting his wife’s grave when the cash occurred.
Authorities aid Berman was intoxicated and rear-ended Bertulis’ 2003 Ford Escape while they were driving down Sherman Hill Road. The force of the crash caused Bertulis’ vehicle to strike a utility pole and flip over.
Katherine Berman was killed in May 2017 when she rear-ended another motorist while intoxicated. She’s pictured above with her husband, ESPN anchor Chris Berman as he was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in May 2010
Edward Bertulis, 87, was also killed in the crash. Family said he had just left the cemetery from visiting his wife’s grave when he was killed
The crash caused Bertulis’ car (pictured) to crash into a utility pole and flip over on a road on Woodbury, Connecticut
The 87-year-old, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
Berman’s 2003 Lexus veered off the road and down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.
Bertulis’ family is suing the Market Place Kitchen & Bar and its owner Elias Hawli alleging that employees served Berman ‘numerous alcoholic beverages’ and continued to supply her with alcohol even though she 67-year-old was already intoxicated, according to the Hartford Courant.
According to the suit, Berman left the bar around 2.15pm on May 9 and drove drunk onto Sherman Hill Road, a short distance from the restaurant. The family claims Berman was following closely behind Bertulis ‘when, in consequence of her intoxication, she suddenly and without warning slammed into the rear of Mr Bertulis car’.
The lawsuit doesn’t specify how many drinks Berman had, and the state’s examiner’s office declined to release toxicology results.
Berman’s car veered off the road and down an embankment and flipped over. She and Bertulis were pronounced dead at the scene
Bertulis’ family sued the Market Place Kitchen & Bar claiming employees supplied Berman with ‘numerous alcoholic beverages’ and continued to give her alcohol even though she was drunk
Katherine Barmen is pictured second from right with her Chris Berman and their kids Douglas and Meredith
Connecticut State Police said they are still investigating the crash and have not released their findings yet. Berman and her estate are not named in the suit.
The lawsuit was filed under a state statute known as the Dram Shop Act, a law which holds an establishment responsible if a customer served alcohol leaves and causes death or injury. The suit is seeking more than $50,000 from the bar.
Bertulis’ family said he had just left Mt. Olivet Cemetery where he was visiting his wife’s grave when he was killed. They said Bertulis visited his wife’s grave every day since her death in 2015.