Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim hit, killed man on road


Conditions in the area were poor after a freezing rain had fallen earlier in the evening, but it is not clear yet if the weather had anything to do with the accident.

He also said the longtime coach will have to deal with the psychological fallout of his role in the accident.

They say Boeheim hit Jimenez with his vehicle as he was trying to avoid hitting the auto, which was left in the driving lane.

"On Thursday the Syracuse police responded to 690 East near Thompson Road for a crash".

Syracuse police say Jorge Jimenez had been in a auto with three others before midnight Wednesday when their vehicle crashed into a guardrail on a Syracuse interstate. Police were in the process of reconstructing the scene as of Thursday morning.

The victim was an occupant in a vehicle that had lost control on the highway striking a guard rail. They said people in the auto got out and walked on the highway within "close proximity to that vehicle".

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"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night's accident", Boeheim said in a statement. "Out of respect for the grieving, there will be no further comment at this time". (My wife) Juli (Boeheim) and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family. The 74-year-old is in his 43rd season coaching Syracuse.

Boeheim is cooperating with the investigation, and Syracuse police Chief Kenton Buckner told a news release will be coming. Coach Boeheim was not involved in that accident.

Just hours before, Boeheim's team defeated 18th-ranked Louisville 69-49 at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse police indicated Boeheim is cooperating with the investigation of the incident.

There was no immediate comment from Syracuse University.