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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

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

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.


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