In the statement, the Syracuse police said a 51-year-old man was at the side of the road after a vehicle under his control hit a guardrail.
The 74-year-old Boeheim drove and noticed the vehicle that stood in the middle of the road. Böheim moved out to avoid the vehicle, and finally beat the man, police said.
The police said they were called at around 11:22 pm for the first accident.
The man who was shot was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead by the Syracuse police.
In a statement on Thursday Böheim expressed his deepest sympathies for the man’s family.”I am heartbroken that a member of our community has died as a result of last night’s crash,” Böheim’s statement said on the men’s Syracuse basketball Twitter account .
“Out of respect for those involved, I will not comment at this time.”
The statement from the police says that both Böheim and the driver of the other vehicle “stayed on stage and cooperated with this investigation.”
Field tests on the sobriety of both drivers showed that neither of them was under the influence at that time, according to the police.
John Wildhack, Director of Athletics at Syracuse, said in a statement that the community was “sad” by the death.
“Coach Boeheim is in contact with the local authorities and works together fully,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the mourners, there will be no further comment at this time.”Boeheim has been head coach in Syracuse since 1976, according to the school’s athletics website. He has taken the Orange 32 times to the NCAA tournament, including five trips to the Final Four.
He was inducted into the 2005 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.