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Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim hits, kills man walking on interstate

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Syracuse police respond to an accident in which Jim Boeheim, longtime head coach of the Syracuse University men's basketball team, hit and killed a man who was walking along Interstate 690 in upstate New York.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2019 10:00 PM
Updated: Feb. 21, 2019 10:00 PM

Jim Boeheim, longtime head coach of the Syracuse University men's basketball team, hit and killed a pedestrian who was walking along Interstate 690 late Wednesday in upstate New York, according to a police statement obtained by CNN affiliate WSYR.

In the statement, Syracuse police said a 51-year-old man was on the side of the highway after a vehicle he was in lost control and struck a guardrail.

Boeheim, 74, was driving and noticed the vehicle, which was in the middle of the roadway. Boeheim moved to avoid the vehicle and ended up hitting the man, police said.

Police said they were called to the initial accident at about 11:22 p.m.

The man who was struck was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Syracuse police.

In a statement Thursday, Boeheim extended his deepest sympathies to the man's family.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night's accident," said Boeheim's statement, released on the Syracuse men's basketball Twitter account.

"Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time."

The police statement said that both Boeheim and the driver of the other vehicle "remained on scene and are cooperating with this investigation."

Field sobriety tests for both drivers revealed that neither was under the influence at the time, according to police.

John Wildhack, director of athletics at Syracuse, said in a statement that the community was "saddened" by the death.

"Coach Boeheim is in contact with local authorities and cooperating fully," the statement said. "Out of respect for those grieving, there will be no further comment at this time."

Boeheim has been head coach at Syracuse since 1976, according to the school's athletics website. He has taken the Orange to the NCAA tournament 32 times, including five trips to the Final Four, the site says.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the day that the pedestrian was struck and killed.

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