Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian outside his vehicle on I-690, according to the Onondaga County District Attorney.
DA Bill Fitzpatrick confirms the man hit was already outside his vehicle, after being involved in an unrelated, single-car crash in the midst of bad weather. There were three other people in the car that initially crashed.
The car involved in the initial crash hit a guardrail and became disabled.
Boeheim was passing by the crash after it happened, not long after his team finished its game at the Carrier Dome.
Fitzpatrick confirms Boeheim is cooperating with the police investigation, went right to the police headquarters following the crash, and no alcohol or drugs were detected.
Fitzpatrick also adds Coach Boeheim was driving at an appropriate speed.
John Wildhack, Director of Athletics made the following statement:
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.
Jim Boeheim also made a statement:
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.