Syracuse basketball coach kills pedestrian in crash

Syracuse basketball coach kills pedestrian in crash

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night.

Police said the victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a guard rail about four miles east of downtown Syracuse, N.Y.

“The occupants then exited the vehicle and proceeded to walk on the highway within close proximity to that vehicle,” Syracuse police said in a statement. “An oncoming vehicle noticed the disabled car and tried avoiding the vehicle, which was in the middle of the road.”

Boeheim, the driver of that vehicle, struck Jimenez as he stood near the side of the road, according to police. Jimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Boeheim, 74, passed an alcohol test and cooperated with investigators at the scene, the police statement said. He was interviewed by police and released.

No tickets have been issued, but an investigation and accident reconstruction are underway.

Syracuse police said they were called to the scene around 11:22 p.m., about two hours after the end of Syracuse’s win over Louisville at the Carrier Dome.

The Syracuse athletic department and Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately reply to messages left by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday morning.

It’s unclear if weather played a role in the initial crash or in Boeheim striking the pedestrian.

Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse since 1976, making him the longest-tenured coach in Division I basketball. He has led the Orange to five Final Fours and one national title, in 2003.

Boeheim, who has also worked as an assistant coach with the U.S. Olympic basketball team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Contributing: USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson and Tom Schad

 



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