Hours after Syracuse's win over Louisville at the Carrier Dome, Jim Boeheim was involved in a deadly accident. One man, who had been involved in a separate car accident on I-690 East and had gotten out of his car, was struck by the Orange men's basketball coach.
Boeheim reportedly called police after the accident, and was fully cooperative. According to reports, the man's car was partially in the driving line of the highway after the initial accident, which took place ahead of an exit.
Now, police have released a statement confirmed that Jim Boeheim will not be charged in the accident.
Via Kennedy Rose of The Daily Orange:
Full text of Syracuse Police statement on the Jim Boeheim car accident from last night:
"The Syracuse Police Department investigates a fatal crash. On Thursday, February 21, 2019, at about 11:22 P.M., the Syracuse Police Department responded to 690 East near Thompson Road for a crash. Upon Officers arrival, they found a 51 year old victim, Jorge Jimenez, of Syracuse who had been struck by a vehicle. The victim was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The Syracuse Police Department Traffic Section commenced an investigation. As a result of that investigation so far, it was revealed that the victim was an occupant in a vehicle that had lost control on the highway striking a guard rail. The occupants then exited the vehicle and proceeded to walk on the highway within close proximity to that vehicle. An oncoming vehicle noticed the disabled car and tried avoiding the vehicle which was in the middle of the road. As a result, the driver, James Boeheim 74, of Fayetteville NY struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road. 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. Reconstruction of the scene be performed and speeds cannot be determined at this time..."
After the initial report, local television anchor Michael Benny tweeted that friends of Boeheim say that he does not drink.
As mentioned in the police statement, Boeheim passed an alcohol test after the accident.
Boeheim and Syracuse are set to host Duke on Saturday. The program has not yet put out a statement regarding the incident.
Our thoughts go out to all involved in the accident, especially the family of Jorge Jimenez. We'll have more information as it is released.