Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man on Wednesday as he tried to avoid a crashed vehicle.
The Hall of Fame coach, 74, is co-operating fully with a police investigation into the crash which claimed the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez and happened on Interstate-690 East just outside Syracuse.
Boeheim has been in charge of the Orange since 1976 and been a part of the college basketball careers of high-profile players to reach the NBA, including Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Coleman and Dion Waiters.
Live NBA: Houston @ LA Lakers
Friday 22nd February 3:30am
Syracuse Police said Jimenez was struck by Boeheim in the moments after the vehicle he was a passenger in had crashed into a guardrail – Jimenez was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said all sobriety tests on Boeheim had returned negative for any signs of impairment and no charges had been issued against anyone involved, although their investigation is continuing.
Local reports said freezing rain had fallen earlier on Wednesday night although police did not comment whether road conditions had anything to do with the fatal crash.
A statement from Syracuse athletics director John Wildhack read: “We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community.
“On behalf of Chancellor Kent Syverud and the entire Syracuse University community, we extend our deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic accident.
“Coach Boeheim is in contact with local authorities and co-operating fully. Out of respect for those grieving, there will be no further comment at this time.”