News Vigil held for Brooklyn teen killed while riding bike “A young man lost his life because we don’t have the infrastructure,” said Councilman Reynoso, referring to the absence of a bike lane. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stands with the family of 13-year-old Kevin Flores, who was struck and killed while riding his bike in Brooklyn, at a vigil Sunday, Jan. 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Stefan Ringel / Brooklyn Borough President’s Office By Lisa L. Colangelo email@example.com @lisalcolangelo Updated January 28, 2018 7:27 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Family and friends held an emotional vigil in the rain Sunday in honor of the 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed riding his bike through a Brooklyn intersection Friday. Kevin Flores was hit by an oil truck near the corner of Jefferson and Lewis avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Police said the driver of the truck, Philip Monfoletto, had previously been arrested three times for driving without a license. Flores died from his injuries a short time after the accident. “This was a senseless act that should not have happened and could have been prevented,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said at the vigil. Family members wept and clutched a large, framed photo of Flores. Adams said there should be tough penalties for both unlicensed drivers and owners of companies that knowingly allow drivers to operate vehicles without a license. City Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents the Ridgewood neighborhood where Flores lived, said a bike lane would have saved the youngster’s life. “(He) could have been on a bike lane safe coming from Bed Stuy to Ridgewood,” said Reynoso. “Instead he was riding next to trucks, buses and cars. A young man lost his life because we don’t have the infrastructure.” Flores’ devastated mother, Margarita, said through a translator that she is seeking justice for her son and also asked for help from the community. By Lisa L. Colangelo firstname.lastname@example.org @lisalcolangelo Lisa joined amNewYork as a staff writer in 2017. She previously worked at the New York Daily News and the Asbury Park Press covering politics, government and general assignment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.