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Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim Hits, Kills Man Walking On Highway

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim Hits, Kills Man Walking On Highway

Syracuse police identified the man who was outside his vehicle when he was struck and killed by Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim late Wednesday night.

Hours before the accident, Syracuse beat Louisville 69-49 at home on Wednesday night.

Syracuse.com reported that a man in his 30s was struck when he was in the road following a auto crash near Thompson Road in Syracuse. Jimenez and others got out of his vehicle and began walking along the highway. Boeheim moved to avoid the vehicle and ended up hitting the man, police said. Wildhack echoed police, saying Boeheim "is in contact with local authorities and cooperating fully".

Boeheim was given a routine blood-alcohol content test and had no alcohol in his system:.00 BAC, the source added.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim yells at an official during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. "Reconstruction of the scene will be performed and speeds can not be determined at this time".

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Boeheim issued a statement Thursday.

Boeheim is cooperating with the investigation, and Syracuse police Chief Kenton Buckner told Syracuse.com a news release will be coming.

In the statement, Syracuse police said a 51-year-old man was on the side of the highway after a vehicle he was in lost control and struck a guardrail. "Juli (Boeheim) and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family". The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Police say the fatal accident occurred as a result of a previous accident involving the vehicle in which Jimenez had been riding. "Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time".