sunny.png
Tuesday November 12th, 2019 11:52AM

Boeheim deemed 'not reckless' in fatal crash, case is closed

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim will not be charged in last month's fatal highway accident and the case is closed.

Boeheim was "not reckless," Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Thursday. Fitzpatrick added his decision came after reviewing the police accident report.

Boeheim declined to comment, the athletic department said.

According to the report, Boeheim was driving 66 mph five seconds before the night crash and about 54 mph at impact. The speed limit is 55 mph. The disabled car on the dimly lit highway was going 67 mph when it skidded out.

The report concluded Boeheim's driving was "not reckless, unreasonable or with gross negligence." Also, speed was not a contributing factor even though the black boxes in both vehicles indicated both cars traveling just above the speed limit. There was no evidence drugs or alcohol played a role.

Boeheim was on the highway after a Feb. 20 game when he accidentally struck 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez around 11:20 p.m. The 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach swerved his SUV to avoid the black Dodge Charger that had skidded to a stop on the slick roadway and was resting perpendicular across most of two lanes. He then struck Jimenez, who had exited the Dodge and was standing near the guardrail. Jimenez died a short while later at a nearby hospital.

The report said the Dodge would not have passed a New York state inspection because of two bad tires and inoperable rear marker lights.

The accident happened a couple hours after Syracuse had upset then-No. 16 Louisville. Boeheim addressed the team the next day but did not take part in practice. He returned to the bench to coach against top-ranked Duke on Feb. 23 and received a rousing ovation from the record-Carrier Dome crowd of 35,642.

Boeheim, in his 43rd year as head coach at his alma mater, said he coached the game because he felt an obligation to his players. Afterward, he appeared emotionally spent.

"I can't describe the feelings," he said. "I don't think I can make anyone understand who hasn't been there. I don't.

"I've always felt in life, you get a lot of things you have to overcome. There's nothing like this when a human life is lost and you are there. I can't describe it to you."

Boeheim said he had been in touch with the Jimenez family.

"I intend to try and do that as I can in the future," he said. "This is isn't about me, it doesn't matter how I feel. It's about how they feel and what's happened to them. There's just nothing I can say about it."

Jimenez's funeral was last week. Area businesses donated to the costs.

___

AP Sports Writer John Kekis in Albany, New York, contributed to this report.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Texas governor fills courts with GOP judges voters rejected
Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state.
3:27PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort to be sentenced in tax fraud
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort scheduled to learn his sentence for tax and bank fraud related to money he earned advising Ukrainian politicians
3:27PM ( 4 minutes ago )
At least 4 Kentucky school districts close amid protests
At least four Kentucky school districts have canceled classes because of too many teacher absences as educators continue to protest at the state Capitol
3:16PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Boeheim deemed 'not reckless' in fatal crash, case is closed
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim deemed 'not reckless' in fatal highway accident and case is closed
2:57PM ( 34 minutes ago )
NTSB blames jammed part for accident at Michigan airport
A federal safety board says a jammed part caused pilots to abort takeoff of a plane carrying the University of Michigan men's basketball team in 2017
2:44PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Cabrera Bello opens with 65 at Bay Hill for early lead
Rafa Cabrera Bello starts fast in Bay Hill debut and has early lead with 65
2:04PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Nuggets top Lakers 115-99 as LeBron passes Jordan
Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Denver Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers despite LeBron James' move into fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list
2:08AM ( 13 hours ago )
Hayward's game-winner lifts Celtics over Kings 111-109
Gordon Hayward made up for a costly foul by hitting a tiebreaking shot with 2 seconds to play that helped the Boston Celtics overcome the absence of injured star Kyrie Irving in a 111-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings
1:34AM ( 13 hours ago )
LeBron passes Jordan, but Nuggets beat Lakers 115-99
Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Denver Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers despite LeBron James' move into fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list
1:06AM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Kansas' streak of 14 straight Big 12 titles ends with thud
One of the most remarkable streaks in college basketball ended Tuesday night when Kansas, the Big 12 champion the last 14 years, was eliminated from title contention
7:09PM ( 20 hours ago )
MLB '19: College draft picks on rapid rise to big leagues
College draft picks arrive at spring training with eyes on rapid rise through minor leagues, immediate impact at the big-league level
5:13PM ( 22 hours ago )
New Ohio State coach kicks off tenure with many new faces
New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day opens his 1st practice of his tenure with plenty of new faces
2:05PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
Duke's Williamson out for 4th straight game with knee injury
Duke freshman Zion Williamson to miss 4th straight game because of knee sprain
3:29PM ( 2 days ago )
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will step down in June 2020
Big Ten's Jim Delany will step down as commissioner when his contract expires in June 2020
4:38PM ( 2 days ago )
Zags, Cavaliers remain 1-2 in week of changes for AP Top 25
Gonzaga and Virginia hold onto top spots in Associated Press men's college basketball poll in week of big changes
12:33PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Texas governor fills courts with GOP judges voters rejected
Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state.
3:27PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort to be sentenced in tax fraud
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort scheduled to learn his sentence for tax and bank fraud related to money he earned advising Ukrainian politicians
3:27PM ( 5 minutes ago )
At least 4 Kentucky school districts close amid protests
At least four Kentucky school districts have canceled classes because of too many teacher absences as educators continue to protest at the state Capitol
3:16PM ( 15 minutes ago )
US regulators outline oversight on meat grown in lab dishes
U.S. regulators are outlining how they'll regulate meat from cultured animal cells
3:13PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Government kept track of journalists, others during caravan
The U.S. government kept a database on journalists, activists, organizers and "instigators" during an investigation into last year's migrant caravan
3:11PM ( 21 minutes ago )