Jorge Jimenez, the man killed last night by a car driven by Jim Boeheim, is being remembered for his love of life by his daughter.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following a fatal crash involving head coach Jim Boeheim late Wednesday, ESPNs College GameDay announced that it will not broadcast from the Carrier Dome on Saturday, ESPN confirmed in a statement released Thursday afternoon. The show was scheduled to go live from 11 a.m. to noon ahead of Syracuses 6 p.m. matchup with No. 1 Duke.
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.
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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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According to police, Boeheim passed an alcohol test and is cooperating with a police investigation. He was reportedly interviewed by police and released.