Alexander Martinez, the cyclist who was killed on his way to work by a hit-and-run truck driver yesterday morning on Queens Boulevard, was struck when the truck merged onto the boulevard from the Van Wyck Expressway. One witness told the Post that Martinez was thrown 10 feet into the air. Martinez, an electrician and father of two, was killed on his 37th birthday. "He took that route every morning. It's absolutely dangerous," his brother, George Martinez said. "Bloomberg is supposed to be for all the cyclists—and there are no accommodations for cyclists on that street."
Queens Boulevard gained a reputation as "The Boulevard of Death" in the 1990s, when an average of 9 pedestrians were killed along the road annually—18 in 1997 alone.
Martinez, an electrician from Florida who had taken a job in Long Island City, had a wife and two children, a 4-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, and was living with his family in Jamaica to send money back home. "I told him so many times, 'Don't go with the bike,' " Martinez's mother, Martha Cortez, told the paper. "I broke my hips and he took care of me. He would say, 'Mommy, are you tired of the house? Let's go to the park and get some fresh air.' He was my angel."
An NYPD spokesman said the department had no additional information on the vehicle that struck Martinez, and that the investigation was ongoing.