Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim is clear of potential reckless driving charges following an investigation into a fatal car crash last month.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick declined to file charges against Boeheim in the February 20 accident where he struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez.
“After a careful review of the facts and circumstances of this case, including the thorough and meticulous accident reconstruction performed by experienced members of the Syracuse Police Department’s Traffic Division, I concur with their findings that this was a tragic accident," Fitzpatrick said in a report.
Jimenez was a passenger in a disabled car in the center lane of a dark highway (I-690 east) in Dewitt, according to the same report. The car, which held four people including Jimenez, hit a patch of ice and spun out into a guard rail, before the accident. Jimenez, the driver Albert Brinones, and the other two passengers, got out and stood next to the car.
Boeheim was driving home from dinner after Syracuse’s win over Louisville when he accidentally hit Jimenez, immediately stopping his car and calling 911. He told police that he noticed the car had no lights and tried to avoid it.
“I could see the vehicle and there was no lights.....I reacted and moved to the far left lane by the guardrail,” Boeheim said to police. “As I get to the front of the vehicle, I observed what I believe is a person along the guardrail; there might have been more than one person. Then a split second later I hear a loud bang and I start coming to a stop.”
Both Brinones and Boeheim had been driving more than 60 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone, but authorities agreed it was not the primary reason for the accident that caused Jimenez’s death. Boeheim had also slowed to 54 mph when he hit Jimenez.