Friday, August 6, 2010

Boulevard of Death Strikes Again: 76-year-old Man Killed on Queens Boulevard by Rocco Parascandola and Rich Schapiro - NY Daily News

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NYPD Highway Patrol investigates an accident where an elderly man was struck by a Dept. of Corrections vehicle on Queens Blvd. - Nicastro for News

The Boulevard of Death has claimed another life.

A 76-year-old man was mowed down early Friday while crossing notorious Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens, police said.

Robert Borchers was crossing 80th Road when a marked Correction Department car heading south slammed into him about 5:30 a.m, police said.

The mortally wounded Borchers was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was initially unclear whether he was crossing with the light.

Some witnesses told cops Borchers had the right of way, but cops believe that he was walking against the light.

The driver, a civilian worker, remained on the scene and is not expected to be charged, sources said.

The wide boulevard gained its nickname after 72 pedestrians were killed from 1993 to 2000.

A recent Daily News investigation found three randomly tested intersections where seniors and other pedestrians have to run across in order to beat the light.

It's unclear how much time the light at 80th Road gives pedestrians to cross safely.