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

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.

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.

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.

Lt. Brown indicated that Boeheim had told police that his primary concern was preventing another vehicle from crashing into the one that had ended up in the middle of 690 so Boeheim ran back and attempted to flag down vehicles with his cell-phone light.

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.

Following his involvement in a fatal car accident on Wednesday night, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim is not expected to face any immediate legal ramifications, Onondaga County’s district attorney told Yahoo Sports.

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.

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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.

Due to the recent tragedy, and after careful consideration due to the celebratory nature of the show, ESPNs College GameDay will originate from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., this weekend, instead of at Syracuse University. We spoke with school officials and they understand the decision.

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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.

The news comes after Boeheim struck and killed a Syracuse man while driving on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night. It was previously reported earlier Thursday that GameDay intended to proceed with its broadcast in Syracuse as usual.

Jim Boeheim hits, kills man in I-690 crash

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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