Syracuse Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim is “heartbroken” after accidentally hitting and killing a pedestrian on I-690 Wednesday.
Syracuse Police say 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was outside of his car, which had become disabled in the middle of the highway, after, moments before hitting the guardrail.
There were three other people in the car that initially crashed, not far from the Thompson Road exit.
Boeheim was passing by the crash after it happened.
Syracuse Police say Boeheim attempted to avoid the disabled vehicle, but ended up hitting Jimenez.
Police Chief Kenton Buckner said Boeheim stopped, attempted to render aid to the person and tried to stop additional on-coming traffic.
Jimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
NewsChannel 9 spoke with Jimenez’s niece in Cuba over the phone, who told us that Jorge came to Syracuse from Cuba. The family is “saddened” by his death.
His niece tells NewsChannel 9 that Jorge had two sons in Syracuse and one daughter who lives in Florida.
According to police, Jimenez was a passenger in the vehicle.
Fitzpatrick confirms Boeheim went right to the police headquarters following the crash and is cooperating with investigators.
Boeheim did not test positive for drugs or alcohol, according to the DA and police.
Fitzpatrick also adds Coach Boeheim was driving at an appropriate speed.
No tickets have been issued.
Jim Boeheim issued the following statement on the accident:
I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident. Juli and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family. Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time.
Syracuse University’s Chancellor, Kent Syverud, sent the following e-mail to the campus community:
Like all of you, I am deeply saddened by the news that a member of our Central New York community was tragically killed in an accident last night involving Coach Jim Boeheim.
Coach Boeheim is understandably heartbroken by the loss of life.
On behalf of our entire Syracuse University family, Dr. Ruth Chen and I extend our deepest condolences to the Jimenez family and all those grieving this terrible loss.
This is a developing story. Stay with NewsChannel 9 and LocalSYR.com for developments.