Police: Man on highway dies after being hit by SUV driven by Syracuse's Coach Boeheim

Police say the crash happened just before 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday on I-690 Eastbound just before the Thompson Road exit (CNYCentral Photo/Jimenez Family).

Police say a man who got out of a car after another crash late Wednesday night on I-690 East was hit by Syracuse men's basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's SUV. That man later died.

The initial crash happened just before 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday on I-690 Eastbound just before the Thompson Road 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.

A second person was hurt, when he was clipped by the side mirror, according to police.

Boeheim released a statement around noon Thursday saying he is heartbroken.

"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."

During a news conference Thursday evening, Syracuse Chief of Police Kenton Buckner said Boeheim called 911, and once he realized others were helping Jimenez, Boeheim used the flashlight on his phone to flag down other drivers, trying to get them to avoid the broken down car in the road. Chief Buckner said a responding officer was flagged down by Boeheim's flashlight.

"He could not have been a more cooperative." Chief Buckner said about Coach Boeheim.

Chief 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. "

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Next, police will reconstruct the scene and investigators are looking at "the mechanics of both crashes," however Chief Buckner said he did not anticipate any criminal charges.

Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick will ultimately make any decisions about charges in the crash, but said this appears to be an accident.

"The Chief said it best," Fitzpatrick said. "This is just, at the end of at the day, just a horrible, sad tragedy."

I-690 was shutdown at South Midler Ave. for several hours while crews investigated the crash.

Earlier Wednesday night Syracuse basketball had a game at the Carrier Dome against Louisville. The game ended around 9 p.m. The General Manager of Joey's Italian Restaurant on Thompson Rd. told CNYCentral that Jim and Juli Boeheim had dinner at the restaurant around 9:45 p.m. and left around 10:45 p.m.

Thursday morning, Syracuse University Athletic Director John Wildhack released a statement offering condolences to all involved.

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.

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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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