Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was cleared of any illegal accident in an unfortunate accident last month, according to an official report.
Boeheim’s GMC Acadia beat and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez on February 20 after a dinner the coach had with family and friends. The dinner took place after Syracuse 69-49 home victory over then-no. 18 Louisville.
Jimenez stood next to a handicap car he was a passenger at on I-690 after it spun on an ice cube and hit a guardrail at 11:20 Jimenez was one of four people in the car.
About two minutes after the spinout, Boeheim approached the scene of the accident. A black Dodge Charger was perpendicular to incoming traffic and sits mainly in the midway of the highway, reported by the lawyer William J. Fitzpatrick on the Onondaga County District.
Boeheim told the police that the disabled car had no lights on and he drove to the left of the vehicle to avoid turning it on.
“When I arrive at the front of the vehicle I saw what I think is a person along the guardrails, it may have been more than one person”, Boeheim is quoted in the report. “Since a split later, I hear a loud nudge and I’m starting to stop.”
Boeheim immediately called 911 to report the accident.
Jimenez was taken to the hospital where he was thought dead. 19659002] “Based on the overall circumstances of this collision survey, Boeheim’s operation of its motor vehicle was not ruthless, unreasonable, or with gross negligence, and no offenses were committed,” the report said.
There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in an accident, the statement said.
The disabled car, which is operated by Alberto Brinones, was quoted as having unsafe tires as a contributing factor to the accident, the report said. The car also had operative rear marker lights.
“A secondary contributing factor is pedestrian error / confusion, since pedestrians remained on the dark road dressed in dark clothing for a long time after being aware of upcoming vehicles almost colliding with the Dodge Charger,” the report says.
“Following a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances in this case, including the thorough and accurate accident performed by experienced members of the Syracuse Police Department Traffic Division, I agree with their findings that this was a tragic accident. to be filed against someone involved, “wrote Fitzpatrick.