Syracuse's Boeheim involved in fatal accident

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse men's 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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