Syracuse’s Boeheim to coach against Duke days after killing pedestrian in traffic collision


FILE – In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches during a practice for an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament first-round game, in Detroit. Police say Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a 51-year-old man walking outside his vehicle on a highway near Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. […]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WNCN) – Syracuse head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim will lead the Orange against Duke this weekend – just days after accidentally striking and killing a pedestrian on a New York interstate. 

Boeheim was traveling home on Interstate-690 following Syrcause’s game against Louisville at the Carrier Dome when he hit 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, police said.

Jimenez was outside of his car, which had become disabled in the middle of the highway after hitting the guardrail.

There were three other people in the car that initially crashed, not far from the Thompson Road exit.

Boeheim was passing by the crash after it happened.

Syracuse Police say Boeheim attempted to avoid the disabled vehicle but ended up hitting Jimenez.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner said Boeheim stopped, attempted to render aid to the person and tried to stop additional on-coming traffic.

Jimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

On Friday, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack released a statement that said Boeheim will return to coaching duties later in the day and will coach against Duke Saturday. 

“The Jimenez family has suffered a tremendous loss. Our community is shaken. The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are. This is a very difficult time,” Wildhack said. 

Boeheim issued a statement earlier in the week that read:

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. 

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