Syracuse hoops coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, left, and Louisville head coach Chris Mack, right, meet before the start of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Nick Lisi | The Associated Press)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a 51-year-old man walking on a highway late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man’s disabled vehicle.

Syracuse police say Jorge Jimenez had been in a car with three others before midnight Wednesday when their vehicle crashed into a guardrail on a Syracuse interstate.

Boeheim struck Jimenez while trying to avoid the vehicle. Jimenez was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Boeheim, 74, is cooperating with the investigation.

“He stopped the immediately and exited the vehicle,” said Syracuse Sgt. Matthew Malinowski.

Police said sobriety tests were administered to Boeheim and were negative for any signs of impairment. No tickets have been issued to Boeheim at this time and the investigation is continuing.

A freezing rain had fallen earlier Wednesday night.

There was no immediate comment from Syracuse University.

Syracuse defeated Louisville 69-49 Wednesday night during a home game.

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