Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim Hits And Kills Man On Highway, Police Say

He passed a field sobriety test and is cooperating with authorities.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had led his team to a win earlier in the evening.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had led his team to a win earlier in the evening.

Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man while driving along Interstate 690 late Wednesday night, police said.

The man, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after police responded to the scene around 11:22 p.m. ET.

Jimenez had been in a vehicle that lost control on the highway and hit a guard rail, coming to rest in the middle of the road, law enforcement said in a statement. Everyone in the vehicle got out to stand or walk along the side of I-690 when Boeheim, 74, approached in his car.

In his attempt to avoid the disabled vehicle, the coach struck Jimenez.

Police could not immediately say how fast his car was going. Weather reports indicate there had been freezing rain in the area at the time.

Both drivers remained on the scene and took field sobriety and alcohol sensor tests which returned no signs of impairment.

“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,” Boeheim said in a statement, adding that he would not be commenting further.

“We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community,” John Wildhack, athletics director at Syracuse, said in a statement.

“On behalf of Chancellor Kent Syverud and the entire Syracuse University community, we extend our deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic accident. Coach Boeheim is in contact with local authorities and cooperating fully.”

Boeheim had coached his team to a victory against the University of Louisville earlier Wednesday evening.

This has been updated to include statements from Boeheim and Wildhack.