Listen to 911 dispatch call from fatal crash involving NCAA coach

Multiple people called Onondaga County 911 to report the deadly accident that involved Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and resulted in one death


By Sarah Moses Buckshot
Syracuse Media Group

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Multiple people called Onondaga County 911 late Wednesday night to report the deadly accident that involved Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and claimed the life of a 51-year-old Syracuse man.

“Multiple callers reporting two vehicles involved,” according to the dispatcher on the call. “Said one sedan hit the guard rail and is now sideways in the roadway.”

Emergency crews were called to Interstate 690 Eastbound near Thompson Road at 11:22 p.m., according to Syracuse police. The 911 dispatcher told crews the accident was on the service road.

Callers reported “somebody laying in the ditch" and then a “possible full arrest at the scene,” according to the dispatcher.

Syracuse police said a vehicle lost control on the highway, striking a guard rail. People in the car got out and proceeded to walk on the highway near the vehicle, police said.

Boeheim, 74, of DeWitt, noticed the disabled car and tried avoiding the vehicle, which was in the road. Boeheim’s vehicle struck the man who was standing on the side of the road, police said.

The man hit was identified as Jorge Jimenez, 51, of Syracuse. Jimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Both drivers remained on scene and cooperated with this investigation. Field sobriety and alco-sensor tests for both drivers were negative for any signs of impairment, police said. Reconstruction of the scene will be performed; speeds cannot be determined at this time, police said. No uniformed traffic tickets have been issued at this time, police said.

Transcript of the 911 dispatch calls

Here are excerpts of the 911 dispatcher’s calls to police and other emergency responders and their responses:

Eastbound 690 at the service road to Thompson Road. Eastbound 690 at the service road. Multiple callers reporting two vehicles involved. Said one sedan hit the guard rail and is now sideways in the roadway. Unknown injuries.

Possibly somebody laying in the ditch. Two cars involved. It’s gonna be eastbound at 690 service road at Thompson Road. Two vehicles involved. Possibly somebody lying in the ditch. Getting several calls on this.

There’s supposed to be a Dodge Charger that’s across all three lanes. There was also, possibly, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle.

Now possible full arrest on the scene.

One of the vehicles is now reporting possibly not breathing but doesn’t want to do CPR.

We’re gonna have to shut this down up here. Obviously it’s gonna be west of Thompson Road has gotta be shut down back there guys.

We spoke to John Kelly he has ETA of 10 minutes in a tow truck.

We’ve got one down in the median. Not breathing, not conscious.

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