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Boeheim Timeline: From big win over Louisville to tragic accident on I-690

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim

In a matter of hours, Syracuse men’s basketball Coach Jim Boeheim went from a celebratory win at the Carrier Dome to being involved in a deadly crash along I-690.

Here is what CNYCentral has learned about the timeline of events Wednesday night.

The Syracuse basketball game against No. 18 Louisville ended just before 9 p.m.

Coach Boeheim held his post-game news conference shortly afterwards, and it wrapped up around 9:15 p.m.

The General Manager of Joey's Italian Restaurant on Thompson Rd. told CNYCentral that Jim and Juli Boeheim and a few others had dinner at the restaurant around 9:45 p.m.

The General Manager said they sat downstairs for more privacy. He said Boeheim did not drink any alcohol, and has never seen him drink during his stops at the restaurant.

The Boeheims stayed for about an hour and left round 10:45 p.m., according to the general manager.

Onondaga County District Attorney says Boeheim, who drove separately from Juli and his daughter, dropped off family friends at the Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor Hotel and then got on 690 east to drive home.

At 11:22 p.m., dispatchers received a 911 call from Boeheim and police were sent to I-690 East near the Thompson Rd. exit.

Investigators say a car lost control and hit a guardrail. They say multiple people in the car got out and walked on the highway within "close proximity to that vehicle."

Police say Boeheim noticed the disabled car and tried to avoid the vehicle which was in the middle of the road. That's when police say Boeheim hit 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, of Syracuse, who was standing on the side of the road.

Jimenez was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Syracuse Chief of Police Kenton Buckner said Boeheim spoke with police at the scene and the Public Safety Building, and is “fully cooperating with the investigation."

He released a statement Thursday around noon saying that he is "heartbroken."

Police have said they do not believe alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash. Chief Buckner said he does not expect any criminal charges to be filed.

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