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…

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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.

The Syracuse Police Department released a statement on Thursday saying the man, Jorge Jimenez, 51, had gotten out of his car after striking a guard rail. As Jimenez walked within close proximity of the car, Boeheim tried to avoid the car, which was in the middle of the road, and struck Jimenez.

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

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 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.

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

Local authorities late Thursday afternoon provided an update on the deadly car crash as Syracuse University also learned that ESPN has decided to scrap its scheduled College GameDay broadcast at the Carrier Dome on Saturday morning in advance of the Syracuse-Duke basketball game that evening.

Jim Boeheim struck and killed pedestrian walking along highway

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.

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.

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.

Fitzpatrick called Boeheim completely cooperative with police said “all indications” are that the coach’s vehicle was traveling at “an appropriate speed for the conditions.” He also noted  Boeheim’s breathalyzer test came up with no trace of alcohol.

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.

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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.


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