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Truck driver who fatally struck a 13-year-old cyclist Friday has history of driving without a license, police say

The driver has faced the same charge of driving without the proper license multiple times.

An oil truck driver was charged with driving

An oil truck driver was charged with driving without a license after being involved in a fatal collision at this Bedford-Stuyvesant intersection on Friday night, Jan. 26, 2018. Photo Credit: News 12 Brooklyn

The driver of an oil truck that fatally struck a 13-year-old Queens boy on his bicycle in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Friday night has been arrested and charged with driving without a license, police said — and this isn't the first time.

Philip Monfoletto, 28, of Deer Park, on Long Island, was driving a 2000 Mack oil truck north on Lewis Avenue and turning right onto Jefferson Avenue when he hit the 13-year-old cyclist around 5:48 p.m. Friday, according to the NYPD.

Officers found Kevin Flores, 13, suffering from severe head trauma when they arrived on scene, authorities said. Paramedics transported the Ridgewood resident to Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Monfoletto was taken into custody at the scene and later charged as an “aggravated unlicensed operator,” police said. They noted that a special driver’s license is required to drive a truck, and this wasn't Monfoletto's first time being caught without one.

The truck the Deer Park resident was driving belongs to M & M Oil Corp. of Deer Park, authorities said.

Monfoletto is listed as a principal for the small company in a Dun & Bradstreet listing. The company’s address matches that of Monfoletto, and the company has one truck with two drivers, according to Department of Transportation records.

The Flores family is both devastated and outraged by what happened, said the teen’s grandfather.

Octvaio Castillo said he was especially close with his grandson, whom he described as a "nice boy, a nice student." Flores, his younger brother and mother had moved in with Castillo after the mother separated from Kevin’s father. Kevin often told his grandfather that, just like him, he wanted to grow up and make pizzas for a living.

Castillo said his grandson was on his way to pick up his little brother when the collision occurred. The crash remains under investigation and further charges are possible, police said.

The boy’s mother is torn up emotionally, Castillo said: “She almost died herself. She’s crying.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams held a vigil for Kevin on Sunday morning at the corner of Jefferson and Lewis avenues.

Online court records show the truck driver involved in the collision that killed Flores had several prior arrests for driving without a license.

Monfoletto was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle on Dec. 20, 2017, according to those records.

The Deer Park resident faced the same charge in July of last year in Queens, police said.

Beyond that, he was charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle in Brooklyn in July of 2014, police said.


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