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Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim hits, kills man walking on interstate

Jim Boeheim called 911 and was fully cooperative with investigators.
Credit: Robert Franklin, AP
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame , Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Indiana. Syracuse won 72-62.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a man while driving Wednesday night on Interstate 690, according to several local media outlets.

Boeheim, 74, struck Jorge Jiminez, 51, of Syracuse, police say. Jiminez got out of a car after a previous crash on I-690 near Thompson Road when he was struck, CNY Central reports, citing the police. 

Syracuse.com also confirmed the report. Sources told CNY Central that Boeheim called 911 following the crash. 

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told Syracuse.com that Boeheim’s blood-alcohol registered a .00. No tickets or citations have been issued to Boeheim at this time.

Syracuse.com reported a police investigation found Jimenez was a passenger in a car that lost control on the highway, striking a guard rail. Three other people were in the car with Jimenez during the initial crash, also got out and walked on I-690 near the vehicle, police said.

Boeheim noticed the car and tried avoiding it, according to police. The car was in the middle of the road, CNY Central reported. Boeheim's car then hit Jimenez, who police say was standing on the side of the road. 

Both Boeheim and the driver of the other car remained at the scene and are cooperating with the investigation, according to Syracuse.com.

Syracuse.com reported that police performed field sobriety and alco-sensor tests for both drivers, which came up negative for any signs of impairment.

Earlier Wednesday night, Syracuse beat Louisville 69-49 at the Carrier Dome. The game ended around 9 p.m.

Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack issued the following statement on the crash:

"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 in fully. Out of respect for those grieving, there will be no further comment at this time.

Syracuse (18-8, 9-4 ACC) hosts Duke (23-3, 11-2 ACC) Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and ESPN will broadcast the game.

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