Three local businesses are stepping up to help the family of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, who died last Wednesday after being hit by a car on I-690. That car was driven by SU Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim. St. Agnes Florist, Woodlawn Cemetery, and DeWitt Funeral Home are paying for the Jimenez funeral services.
Jan Maloff, who works with the funeral home, made a call to Syracuse Police Chief, Kenton Buckner nearly 24 hours after the accident. He wanted to reach out to the Jimenez family.
“For this family, of course, this was totally unexpected and financially they were not prepared for this,” said Jan Maloff, DeWitt Memorial Funeral Home Manager, Owned by Foundation Partners.
It’s something Maloff sees almost every day. However, something about this accident really stands out to him. His heart hurts for both the Jimenez family–now dealing with loss–and the Boeheim family–now having to live with this for the rest of their lives.
“We have to consider both parties. We wanted to take the burden off this family and we wanted to take the burden off the coach who is deeply affected by this emotionally,” Maloff said.
Police said neither distraction nor impairment played a factor in the crash–an accident, in the true sense of the word, they said.
It’s a feeling Maloff is all too familiar with.
“Someone in my family has accidentally had a tragedy like this where they had taken a life. And I know that it affected them throughout their life,” Maloff said.
Maloff said his loved one spent the majority of their life trying to take blame away from themselves.
He said only time and support from family and friends helps in a situation like this.
“If someone is in mourning, come up to them, take their hand, give them a hug, that’s what they need,” Maloff said.
Calling hours for Jorge Jimenez are being held tomorrow at DeWitt Memorial Funeral Home on South Salina Street in Syracuse from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.