SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Officials at Syracuse University say men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will be back on the sidelines Saturday night, just days after being involved in a tragic accident on I-690.

School athletic director John Wildhack said Friday that the coach will be with his team when they host Duke at the Carrier Dome at 6 p.m.

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Boeheim struck and killed a man walking on the interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting another driver’s disabled vehicle, according to Syracuse police.

Authorities say Jorge Jimenez had been in a car with three other people around midnight when they crashed into a guardrail on I-690. Boeheim struck Jimenez while trying to avoid the wrecked vehicle.

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The 51-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the respected basketball coach stopped to help the driver and believe the death was simply a tragic accident caused by the weather.


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Boeheim did not show any signs of being impaired by drugs or alcohol.