Police say no charges are expected to be filed against Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim after officers say he hit and killed a man on I-690 in what investigators are calling a tragic accident.
Officers say it appears a vehicle that 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was riding in hit some ice and crashed into a guard rail. The crash left his vehicle disabled and in the middle of 690.
Police say, at that point, Jimenez and another person got out of the vehicle as Boeheim was driving by. Police say he told them he tried to swerve around the disabled vehicle and that’s when he hit Jiminez and another man.
Police say Jimenez was seriously hurt and rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The other man suffered minor injuries from the crash.
Police Chief Kenton Buckner said Boeheim stopped, attempted to render aid to the person and tried to stop additional on-coming traffic.
Jimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
WSYR spoke with Jimenez’s niece in Cuba over the phone, who told us that Jorge came to Syracuse from Cuba. The family is “saddened” by his death.
His niece tells WSYR that Jorge had two sons in Syracuse and one daughter who lives in Florida.
Fitzpatrick confirms Boeheim went right to the police headquarters following the crash and is cooperating with investigators. Boeheim did not test positive for drugs or alcohol, according to the DA and police.
Fitzpatrick also adds Coach Boeheim was driving at an appropriate speed.
In a statement, Boeheim expressed his grief over the crash. “I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident. Juli and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family. Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time.”
Statement from John Wildhack, the Syracuse Director of Athletics:
We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community. On behalf of Chancellor Kent Syverud and the entire Syracuse University community, 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 those grieving, there will be no further comment at this time.