A 76-year-old man was struck and killed yesterday morning while attempting to cross Queens Boulevard, bringing back the street's nickname as the "Boulevard of Death." Robert Borchers was crossing the Boulevard at 80th Road around 5:30 a.m. when a marked Correction Department vehicle slammed into him. Cops say Borchers was crossing against the light, and the civilian driver was not charged with any crime.
Queens Boulevard earned the nickname "Boulevard of Death" after 72 people were struck by cars between 1993 and 2000, and officials have attempted to make the crossings safer. But last week, the Daily News tested three random intersections, and found that sometimes pedestrians had to run to make the light. One mom-to-be said, "I'm terrified every single time I cross. It makes me nervous knowing that soon I'll be crossing with a baby stroller." The shortest crossing time is at 51st Avenue, where pedestrians get 43 seconds to cross 287 feet.