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Syracuse held a moment of silence to honor Jorge Jimenez, who died after being struck by coach Jim Boeheim's car on Wednesday.

By Jenna West
February 23, 2019

Syracuse held a moment of silence for the man killed in the fatal crash involving coach Jim Boeheim ahead of Saturday night's game against Duke.

The Carrier Dome went quiet to honor Jorge Jimenez, the 51-year-old man who died after being struck by Boeheim's car late on Wednesday night. 

"Tonight, as we come together as one Orange community, we recognize all of those impacted by this tragedy and honor the life of Mr. Jimenez," the public address announcer said before the game.

Earlier, the crowd clapped for Boeheim as he walked onto the court from the locker room. He acknowledged the crowd with a slight wave.

On Wednesday night, Boeheim was driving on Interstate 690 in Syracuse, N.Y., after his team's win over Louisville, when his vehicle struck and killed Jimenez. After reportedly exiting his vehicle near Thompson Road in Syracuse around midnight, Jimenez was struck by Boeheim's car. Conditions in Syracuse were "icy," according to Thursday's report, though it's unclear whether the conditions affected Boeheim's involvement in the accident. Boeheim's blood-alcohol content test showed that he had no alcohol in his system. 

After Saturday night's game, Boeheim addressed the accident, saying it's "something that will be with me the rest of my life." He also expressed his sympathies for the Jimenez family and praised the community for showing them support.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he supported Boeheim's decision to coach on Saturday night.

"I'm glad he coached," Krzyzewski said, per Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel. "What the hell was he supposed to do? That's what he does."

No. 1 Duke beat Syracuse 75–65 on Saturday night at the Carrier Dome to improve to 24–3.

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