Syracuse's Jim Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway

Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man walking on Interstate 690 shortly before midnight Wednesday night, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Boeheim was returning home following Syracuse’s victory over Louisville when he struck the man, who had left his own car following an accident. That man, identified by police as Jorge Jimenez, 51, had been with four others in a car that struck a guardrail. Jimenez and others got out of his vehicle and began walking along the highway. Boeheim’s vehicle saw the disabled vehicle, which was in the middle of the road, attempted to avoid it, and struck Jimenez, according to the police report.

Syracuse police indicated Boeheim is cooperating with the investigation of the incident. Boeheim was given a routine blood-alcohol test, which showed no alcohol in his system, a 0.0 BAC. Boeheim was then released following a police interview.

Local reports indicated that driving conditions were icy in spots in Syracuse Wednesday night, but there was no report on whether those conditions played a role in either accident. Police were in the process of reconstructing the scene as of Thursday morning.

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RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 13:Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim during the 1st half of the NC State Wolfpack game versus the Syracuse Orange on February 13th, 2019, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 13: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the 2nd half of the NC State Wolfpack game versus the Syracuse Orange on February 13th, 2019, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 12: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts to a call against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at the Carrier Dome on January 12, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. Georgia Tech defeated Syracuse 73-59. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 09: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the second half at the Carrier Dome on January 9, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Clemson 61-53. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 29: Syracuse Orange Head Coach Jim Boeheim claps for his players play on the court during the first half of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies versus the Syracuse Orange game on December 29, 2018, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.(Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange chuckles after a traveling call goes in his team's favor during the second half against the Buffalo Bulls at the Carrier Dome on December 18, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts as Paschal Chukwu #13 comes out of the game against the Cornell Big Red during the first half at the Carrier Dome on December 1, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Cornell 63-55. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange embrace his son, Jimmy Boeheim #3 of the Cornell Big Red following the game at the Carrier Dome on December 1, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Cornell 63-55. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange talks with Frank Howard #23 against the Cornell Big Red during the first half at the Carrier Dome on December 1, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim watches a Ohio State Buckeye player in a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Syracuse Orange on November 28, 2018 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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