#Su Coach Basketball, Jim Boeheim hits and killed man who was walking on interstate
Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a man while driving his car on a Syracuse interstate shortly before midnight Wednesday, Syracuse Police announced Thursday. The man, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse, was outside his vehicle after it hit a guardrail in an unrelated crash on Interstate 690 on the city’s eastern fringe when Boeheim struck him. He was transported to a Syracuse hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“As a result of the investigation so far, it was revealed that the victim was an occupant in a vehicle that had lost control on the highway striking a guard rail,” the Syracuse Police Department said in a statement. “The occupants then exited the vehicle and proceeded to walk on the highway within close proximity to that vehicle. An oncoming vehicle noticed the disabled car and tried avoiding the vehicle which was in the middle of the road. As a result, the driver, James Boeheim, 74, of Fayetteville NY struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road. Both drivers remained on the scene and are cooperating with this investigation. Field sobriety and alco-sensor tests for both drivers were negative for any signs of impairment. Reconstruction of the scene will be performed and speeds cannot be determined at this time.”
The Orange had defeated Louisville earlier that night at the Carrier Dome in a game that ended around 9 p.m. Eastern.
According to Michael Benny of WTVH-TV in Syracuse, Boeheim was “shaken by what happened.”
One close friend & another person who is a source familiar with the police investigation – both eager to point Jim Boeheim does not drink alcohol, they say. One friend, "Not even on New Year's Eve when everyone is having a sip." Overwhelming sense this could have been anyone.
— Michael Benny (@MichaelBenny) February 21, 2019