Man killed in crash involving Boeheim came from Cuba, loved life, daughter says – syracuse.com

Man killed in crash involving Boeheim came from Cuba, loved life, daughter says - syracuse.com

Jim Boeheim hits, kills man on Interstate roadside

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jorge Jimenez was a sociable, loving family man who was with friends buying cigarettes last night when he was killed by a vehicle driven by Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, his daughter told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard.

My father was a man who was very sociable, very happy. He loved to help everybody without question, Yurisandy Jimenez Arrastre said in Spanish. He loved having friends. Everybody loved him because of his way of being: Going to the casino, listening to music, dancing…

Syracuse police say a GMC Acadia driven by Boeheim hit and killed Jorge Jimenez, 51, of Syracuse in the accident late Wednesday night. Jimenez was a passenger in a Dodge Charger that hit a guard rail on 690 East, ending up in the middle of the highway. Police say Jimenez had left the Charger and was standing on the side of the highway as Boeheim swerved to miss the wreckage.

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She said police told her late last night about the crash. She said a friend of Jimenez, who she knows only as Alberto, was driving.

Jimenez only recently moved to Syracuse, where he also has two sons, Arrastre said. Arrastre 29, lives in Florida with her children.

Lt. Brown indicated that Boeheim had told police that his primary concern was preventing another vehicle from crashing into the one that had ended up in the middle of 690 so Boeheim ran back and attempted to flag down vehicles with his cell-phone light.

He loved his family very much. He was very clean and he loved to cook and invite the family to eat together, she said. He made many jokes always to his grandkids.

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack released a statement on Thursday morning: 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 the grieving, there will be no further comment at this time.

She said shes been devastated by the news and learned that Boeheim was the driver. She said shes not sure what to do.

She said she last spoke with her father last night, a 20-minute phone call, where he checked in on her three kids, aged 10, 5 and 18 months.

Jimenez, 51, of Syracuse, was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The accident occurred at 11:22 p.m. on Interstate 690 Eastbound near Thompson Road, Syracuse police said.

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The police investigation revealed that Jimenez was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control on the highway striking a guard rail. People in the car got out and proceeded to walk on the highway near the vehicle, police said.

Boeheim, 74, of DeWitt, noticed the disabled car and tried avoiding the vehicle, which was in the road. Boeheims vehicle struck the man who was standing on the side of the road, police said.

Boeheim is said to be cooperating with the investigation. Road conditions were icy near the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night, and its unclear if that was a factor.

Both drivers remained on scene and are cooperating with this investigation. Field sobriety and alco-sensor tests for both drivers were negative for any signs of impairment, police said.

“I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident,” Boeheim said Thursday in a written statement. “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 basketball coach Jim Boeheim was the driver in a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident late Wednesday on an Interstate highway, Syracuse.com reported, citing Syracuse Police.

According to the police investigation, Jimenez was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control on the road and struck a guardrail. He stepped out of the car and was walking on the side of the highway when he was hit at 11:22 p.m.

Boeheim, 74, was driving at 11:22 p.m. ET when he struck and killed a man outside a disabled vehicle on Interstate 690 in Syracuse.

He has coached at Syracuse since 1976 and has compiled a 1,045-379 record. His teams have been to five Final Fours and won the NCAA national championship in 2003.


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