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The Latest: Boeheim warned other cars after fatal accident

PJ Carlesimo, Jim Boeheim Photo: AP. PJ Carlesimo, Jim Boeheim

February 22, 2019 06:03 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on the fatal accident involving Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

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Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY-heim) tried to warn other cars with his cell phone light after striking and killing a man trying to make his way to the median of an interstate late Wednesday night.

Syracuse police say Boeheim struck 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez with his GMC Acadia on I-690. Police say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting the disabled Dodge Charger, which was resting perpendicular on the interstate. Authorities say it appears the car lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail.

Authorities say Boeheim pulled out his cell phone to make sure other cars didn't hit the disabled car.

Authorities say there is no sign the 74-year-old Basketball Hall of Fame coach was impaired.

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1:50 p.m.

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY-heim) says he is "heartbroken" after striking and killing a man standing along an interstate late Wednesday night.

Syracuse police say Boeheim struck 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez as he stood on the side of I-690. Police say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting Jimenez's disabled vehicle that was in the middle of the interstate after it lost control and hit a guardrail.

Authorities say there is no sign the 74-year-old Basketball Hall of Fame coach was impaired and no tickets have been issue to him at this time.

Boeheim says in a prepared statement that he and wife Juli extend their deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family. He says he will not be commenting further out of respect for those involved in the accident.

Boeheim has coached at Syracuse University for 43 years, winning a national title in 2003.

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10:45 a.m.

Police say longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY-heim) struck and killed a 51-year-old man walking outside his vehicle on a highway.

Syracuse police say the man had been in a car with three others before midnight Wednesday after their vehicle crashed.

Police say the 74-year-old Boeheim drove by and struck the pedestrian while trying to avoid the vehicle on Interstate 690 in Syracuse.

The hall of fame basketball coach is cooperating with the investigation. Police say there was no sign that Boeheim was impaired. No tickets have been issued to Boeheim at this time.

Boeheim has coached at Syracuse University for 43 years, winning a national title in 2003 and making five Final Four appearances. His team defeated Louisville 69-49 Wednesday night during a home game.

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