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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hits, kills man with vehicle

Jim Boeheim

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in an unfortunate accident after Wednesday night’s game against the Louisville Cardinals. According to several reports, Boeheim struck and killed a man who was walking along I-690.

Boeheim, now in his 43rd season as head coach of the Orange, is cooperating fully with the investigation. He was interviewed by police before being released on Wednesday night. He also received a blood-alcohol content test, which proved that there was no alcohol in his system.

Reports indicate that the victim of Wednesday’s accident was walking outside of his vehicle near Thompson Road in Syracuse around midnight. Road conditions were icy, but it is not clear if that is what caused the collision.

Via Syracuse.com:

The man in his 30s had been in a car with four others near Thompson Road in Syracuse when their vehicle crashed for unknown reasons, said a source familiar with the investigation.

The man at some point got out of his vehicle, the source said. That’s when Boeheim drove by and struck the pedestrian.

Onandaga County 911 dispatched officers and first responders to the scene at 11:24 p.m. ET, according to reports. Syracuse police chief Kenton Buckner has not released an official statement on the accident, but it sounds like Boeheim will not be charged.

The victim, who has been identified as 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, was apparently involved in a prior accident. He and his passengers got out of their vehicle after hitting a guard rail. That’s when Boeheim struck the man.