Jim Boeheim Hit, Killed Man With Car After Last Night’s Syracuse Game

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

He was the passenger in a auto that hit the guardrail.

The crash happened around 11:20 p.m. near Thompson Road in Syracuse. The victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, had been traveling in a auto with three other people, but their vehicle hit a guardrail and became disabled, police said.

The man at some point got out of his vehicle, the source said. Boeheim was driving by and struck the man while trying to avoid the crashed vehicle around midnight.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night's accident", Boeheim said in a prepared statement.

Jorge Jimenez got out of his auto after an accident on Interstate 690 in Syracuse, police said, when Boeheim drove by and hit Jimenez. "No Uniformed Traffic Tickets have been issued at this time".

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The Post-Standard said Thursday morning that Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner would offer an update.

Boeheim is under investigation in the incident but is reportedly cooperating fully. "Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time", Boeheim said in a statement. "(Boeheim's wife) Juli and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family.

Syracuse defeated Louisville in a basketball game at the Carrier Dome earlier in the evening, Syracuse.com says.

Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse for 42 years, making his debut with the team all the way back in 1976.

Boeheim is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame. He has taken the Orange to the NCAA tournament 32 times, including five trips to the Final Four, the site says.

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