Jim Boeheim, longtime head coach of the Syracuse University men's basketball team, hit and killed a pedestrian who was walking along Interstate 690 late Thursday night in upstate NY, according to a police statement obtained by CNN affiliate WSYR.
The victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, had been in a auto with four others when their vehicle crashed into a guard rail after the driver lost control. Jimenez and others got out of his vehicle and began walking along the highway.
Syracuse police say Jorge Jimenez had been in a auto with three others before midnight Wednesday when their vehicle crashed into a guardrail on a Syracuse interstate.
Boeheim is reportedly cooperating with a police investigation of the incident.
Boeheim did not have any alcohol in his system. Boeheim was then released following a police interview. Road conditions were icy near the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night, and it's unclear if that was a factor. "He was cooperative through our investigation".
Boeheim issued a statement Thursday.
The disabled vehicle was in the middle of the highway, according to Syracuse Police, and Syracuse police said Boeheim attempted to avoid the vehicle.
NewsChannel 2's Alicia Daddario spoke to several Orange basketball fans about the fatal accident, and many she talked to say they were shocked and saddened by the crash.
As a result, the driver, James Boeheim struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road. "(Boeheim's wife) Juli and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family.
There was no immediate comment from Syracuse University.
He said he would not comment further "out of respect for those involved".