Man hit by Coach Boeheim's SUV remembered as sincere, caring father

Jorge Jimenez, 51, died after being hit by Coach Jim Boeheim's SUV (Photo provided by family).

Family members of the man hit by Syracuse men's basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's SUV said they are devastated at the loss of Jorge Jimenez, 51.

The Syracuse man was hit on the side of I-690 East by an SUV driven by Coach Boeheim around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"He was a sincere, caring person," said Brian Hernandez, who told CNYCentral Jimenez raised him.

Hernandez said Jimenez was trying to get his friends to safety following an initial crash Wednesday night.

During a news conference Thursday, Syracuse Chief Kenton Buckner spoke in Spanish when he offered condolences to the Jimenez family during the news conference. He was from Cuba and the Jimenez family is largely Spanish speakers.

"To the family of Jorge Jimenez, we lament your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends."

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.

A second person was also hurt, according to police.

Jimenez was from Cuba, but had lived in Syracuse for around the last 20 years.

His family has set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to cover Jimenez's funeral costs. Click here to donate.

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