A new report issued by Connecticut State Police indicates that the wife of longtime ESPN personality and broadcaster Chris Berman had a blood alcohol content level of nearly three times the legal limit when she reportedly ran into the rear of another man’s vehicle, causing an accident that killed them both.
The report was published in the Hartford Courant and contains information from police, who determined Katherine Berman did not apply her brakes before she sped directly into a car being driven by an 87-year-old man.
The speed limit on the road in question is 45 miles per hour, but the accident reconstruction specialists who analyzed the case believed she was traveling as fast as 82 miles per hour before the impact occurred, compared to the 30 miles per hour of the victim. Berman’s blood alcohol content was .26 percent at the time of the crash, more than three times the legal limit of .08. She also had traces of oxycodone and antidepressants in her system at the time of the collision.
Taking action against DUI offenders
These types of high-profile drunk driving accident cases are always stark reminders of the dangers of drinking and driving, and how deadly it can be for completely innocent people to share the roadway with people who are drunk behind the wheel.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offense, but the injury or death of a person in an accident caused by the affected individual is an aggravating factor that significantly increases the severity of the consequences. A person who causes a fatal accident while drunk could face a long prison sentence and large fines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida drunk driving accident, contact a skilled Bradenton personal injury attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh. We will advise you on next steps.