The state has completed installation of 190 lights along a dark stretch of Interstate 690 where a man was hit and killed by a car driven by Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim three years ago.
Syracuse.com reports the lights were installed between Midler Avenue and the Thompson Road. That’s where on February 20, 2019, Boeheim’s car struck and killed 51 year old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse. Jimenez was a passenger in a car that had hit a guardrail. He got out of the car and was hit. He later died of his injuries. Investigator say Boeheim swerved to avoid the car on the dark highway and instead, hit Jimenez.
“These new highway lights enhance nighttime visibility for drivers along one of the most highly traveled roadways in Central New York,” said Marie Therese Dominguez, state Department of Transportation Commissioner. The state DOT says 68,000 cars per day travel that section of I-690.
The new lights are part of an $11.4 million project on Thompson Road. It’s expected to be completed by this fall.
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