Jim Boeheim was not held responsible for the February accident that cost the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez in New York State
Newly released camera footage from the police station shows the horrible scene in the minutes after the SUV of Syracuse's basketball player Jim Boeheim had hit and killed a man who was walking along a New York highway on the night of February 20.
Boeheim's face is blurred in the video, but it is clear that he is the one sitting in the passenger seat while being interrogated by the police.
It was reported that he was driving on Interstate 690 in Onondaga County when he suddenly encountered three people walking along the road. One of the men, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, was hit by Boeheim & # 39; s GMC Acadia and was later declared dead.
Boeheim, who was not stunned and not accused of any crime, immediately went to see if Jimenez was okay.
As seen in the video, the 74-year-old Boeheim quietly asked if Jimenez was still breathing.
& # 39; When I went upstairs, he wasn't, & # 39; said the officer.
At the time, it was reported that Boeheim was taking Interstate 690 in Onondaga County when he suddenly encountered four people walking along the road. One of the men, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, was hit by Boeheim & # 39; s GMC Acadia and was declared dead
Syracuse police said the man, Jorge Jimenez (photo), had been in a car with three others before midnight when their vehicle crashed into a crash barrier on an interstate in Syracuse
As was reported at the time, the three people walking along the road had just crashed their own Dodge Charger into the guard rail on that wet, icy night.
Boeheim, who came home from a race, ran into their crashed car and swung out of the way, but still bumped into Jimenez.
& # 39; In principle, this charger has four occupants here & # 39 ;, an officer said to several others. & # 39; It goes into the guardrail. He says it was slippery, icy. Goes into the guardrail, all passengers alight, they start walking left along the left. As they walk down, (Boeheim) comes down, sees at the last minute, goes to the left, misses the car, touches one of the people walking and then stops his car there. & # 39;
An officer asked if Boeheim about & # 39; something & # 39; smoke, but another said he could not detect odor.
& # 39; No I didn't do that, & # 39; said the officer. & # 39; I have a bit of a cold so I am not saying that it is not. It just wasn't obvious to me. & # 39;
Boeheim, who reportedly abstained from alcohol, appeared not to be under the influence.
The video camera of the police confirms the wet and icy conditions to which the drivers have referred
The agents on the scene seemed to feel sympathy with the situation of Boeheim.
& # 39; Dude, that's rotten & # 39 ;, said an officer. & # 39; If you do nothing wrong and kill someone. & # 39;
At one point while the police were assessing the situation, one officer told another that it was Boeheim – a local and national celebrity – driving.
& # 39; I think it's SU's basketball coach, & # 39; said an officer.
& # 39; Boeheim? & # 39; the other asked.
& # 39; Yes, he is in my car now. & # 39;
At one point an officer described his exchange with Alberto Brinones, who was the driver of the Dodge Charger.
& # 39; This guy is a bit of a pain in the ass, & # 39; he said. & # 39; He keeps asking: & # 39; What about my friend? & # 39; I kind of like, "He's at the hospital." He says, "Does he live? … did he die?" I say, "I'm here with you … it doesn't look good." & # 39;
At one point an officer described his exchange with Alberto Brinones (in blue), who was the driver of the Dodge Charger. & # 39; This guy is a little nervous, & # 39; said the officer. & # 39; He keeps asking: & # 39; What about my friend? & # 39; I kind of like, "He's at the hospital." He says, "Does he live? … did he die?" I say, "I'm here with you … it doesn't look good." & # 39;
The images support the law enforcement authority's claim that road conditions were wet and icy at the time of the accident.
Although Boeheim ran 11 miles per hour beyond the 55 mph limit, it was not established that he was responsible for the accident.
Towards the end of the video, an officer told Boeheim that he would be taken to court for a sober test and made a statement.
Syracuse Orange from Boeheim had defeated Louisville hours earlier and he returned home after dinner after the game.
& # 39; After careful analysis of the facts and circumstances of this case … I agree with the (police) findings that this was a tragic accident. No charges will be filed against anyone involved, & # 39; concluded Onondaga County (N.Y.) district attorney, William J. Fitzpatrick, in his report.
& # 39; A secondary contributing factor is pedestrian error / confusion when pedestrians remained standing on the dark highway dressed in dark clothing for an extended period of time after being aware of upcoming vehicles almost crashing into the Dodge Charger & # 39 ;, according to the report.
It was Boeheim who called 911 to report the accident.
At one point while the police were assessing the situation, one officer told another that it was Boeheim – a local and national celebrity – driving. & # 39; I think it's SU's basketball coach, & # 39; said an officer. & # 39; Boeheim? & # 39; the other asked
Boeheim expressed his condolences to the Jimenez family after the accident.
& # 39; This is something that will be with me for the rest of my life, & # 39; he said.
Jimenez was born in Cuba and was known as a cozy family man, according to Syracuse.com.
& # 39; My father was a man who was very social, very happy. He loved to help everyone without questions, & said Yurisandy Jimenez Arrastre in Spanish. & # 39; He loved having friends. Everyone loved him for his way of being: going to the casino, listening to music, dancing … & # 39;
Jimenez, 51, reportedly lived in the US for 20 years after arriving from Cuba
Jimenez reportedly lived in the US for 20 years after arriving from Las Tunas, Cuba.
He had only recently moved to Syracuse.
Jimenez had two sons and his 29-year-old daughter, Arrastre, who lives in Florida with her children.
& # 39; He loved his family very much. He was very clean and he loved to cook and invited the family to eat together, & she said. & # 39; He always joked with his grandchildren. & # 39;
Jimenez is said to have bought cigarettes when the crash occurred.
He spoke to his daughter 20 minutes earlier in the night when he enrolled her three children aged 10, 5 and 18 months.
Boeheim has coached the Orange since 1976 and previously played for the school between 1963 and 1966.
He escorted Syracuse to his only national title in 2003 and is second in Division I men's basketball history behind Duke & # 39; s Mike Krzyzewski with 945 wins. Even the court of Syracuse at the famous Carrier Dome in the state of New York is named after the 74-year-old Hall of Famer.
Under Boeheim, the Orange have reached the last four five different times and also won the Big East Tournament five times.
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