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.
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.
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.