SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim 'heartbroken' over deadly I-690 crash

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. near Thompson Road in Syracuse.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 10:06 AM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 6:27 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a man on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night.

The crash happened around 11:20 p.m. near Thompson Road in Syracuse.

When officers arrived they found the victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse, and he was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Jimenez and his family are originally from Cuba, which the public learned in a press conference with Syracuse officials Thursday. evening. 

Investigators say a vehicle on I-690 was involved in a guard rail crash, and the occupants exited the vehicle on the highway. 

They say Boeheim hit Jimenez with his vehicle as he was trying to avoid hitting the car, which was left in the driving lane. The victim was standing near his car on the side of the roadway. 

The longtime Orange basketball coach released a statement Thursday afternoon extending his sympathies to the family, saying:

"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."

Both drivers stayed at the scene, and are cooperating with the police investigation. 

Field sobriety tests were given to both drivers and came back with negative results for any signs of impairment. 

No tickets have been issued at this time, but the highway was shut down for several hours while crews investigated the crash.

Wednesday night, the Orange played a home game against Louisville that ended around 9 p.m.

Syracuse University Athletic Director John Wildhack released a statement saying: 

"We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community. 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. Out of respect for those grieving, there will be no further comment at this time."

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