Oil truck driver who fatally struck 13-year-old Queens boy on bike charged with driving on suspended license
BY ELLEN MOYNIHAN KATIE HONAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:27 PM
An oil delivery trucker who struck and killed a Queens boy riding a bike was busted Saturday for driving with a suspended license, officials said.
Philip Monfoletto, 28, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of his truck in the fatal Friday crash. He plowed his 2009 Mac tanker truck into 13-year-old Kevin Flores around 5:45 p.m. as the teen rode his blue bike in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the district attorney’s office said.
Monfoletto, whose license has been suspended seven times, drove for a block before someone told him he had struck the teen, an official said.
“The defendant had absolutely no business behind the wheel,” Assistant District Attorney Matt Bennett said at his arraignment Saturday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Monfoletto has a long rap sheet, with another charge of driving without a license and for marijuana possession on Long Island in December, records show. He was also arrested last July for stabbing a person in the arm.
“He knew he was driving with a suspended license, but he works for an oil company delivering oil,” his lawyer Ron Rubenstein said.
He pleaded not guilty and was released on $2,500 bail.
His lawyer noted it would only be a felony if he had 10 suspensions on his license.
Kevin Flores, from Ridgewood, suffered a fractured skull, rib, and femur and was pronounced dead at the hospital, officials said.
The teen “was just an excellent kid,” his distraught family said on Friday.
“He would bring a smile to your face. He would make you laugh,” his aunt, Sharleen Castillo, told the Daily News.