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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to a report from Douglass Dowty of Syracuse.com, Boheim struck and killed a man with his vehicle who was walking along the freeway at around midnight following Syracuses game against Louisville. The man, who was in his 30s, had reportedly been walking along Interstate 690 after a car he had been in with four others crashed for unknown reasons. When the victim or alleged victim was outside the vehicle, Boeheim drove by and struck him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Orange are scheduled to host the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils at 6:00 pm ET on Saturday night at the Carrier Dome and ESPN’s College GameDay was supposed to be live at 11:00 am ET and then again shortly before tipoff and at halftime of the game.