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

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a pedestrian in a late-night car accident, police say

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…

Boeheim struck Jimenez with his GMC Acadia while trying to avoid the disabled car, which was resting perpendicular on the darkened highway. The group had been heading toward the median for safety. Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the group suffered minor injuries, police said.

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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.

I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last nights accident, Boeheim said in a prepared statement. The 74-year-old Basketball Hall of Fame coach said he and his wife Juli extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

A man in his 30s got out of his car after an accident on the interstate near Syracuse, N.Y., per the report, when Boeheim’s vehicle hit the pedestrian.

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.

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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 mens basketball head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a car accident Wednesday night in which he struck and killed a man walking on Interstate 690, according to the Syracuse Police Department. The accident was first reported by Syracuse.com.

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.

According to police, Boeheim passed an alcohol test and is cooperating with a police investigation. He was reportedly interviewed by police and released.


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