BC-BKC--Boeheim-Fatal Accident,1st Ld-Writethru
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 that after reviewing the police accident report he exercised his discretion in declining to file charges.
According to the report, Boeheim was driving 66 mph five seconds before the night crash and about 54 mph at impact. The speed limit was 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 road after a Feb. 20 game when he accidentally killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez at 11:20 p.m. The 74-year-old 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.
The report said the Dodge would not have passed a New York state inspection because of two bad tires and inoperable rear marker lights.