Inquest opens after boy, seven, killed in Manchester Road crash

AN inquest into the tragic death of a young boy killed in a crash on Manchester Road was opened yesterday. Malakye George Hall, seven, died in hospital after being hit by a taxi on the major Bradford route, at around 10pm on Tuesday, August 11. It happened at the road’s junction with St Stephen’s Road.

He was taken to the Bradford Royal Infirmary, but died as a result of his injuries. Detective Inspector Paul Conroy, from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision and Enquiry Team, told the brief hearing, held at Bradford Coroners’ Court, that the little boy was trying to cross the road when the collision happened. The driver, who was in a Toyota Auris and was driving away from the city, stayed at the scene and people attended to Malakye, before he was taken to hospital where he passed away.

He suffered multiple injuries, including to his head, neck and chest. The driver of the Toyota, a 29-year-old man from Bradford, was arrested on suspicious of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation.

Assistant Coroner Ian Pears said there would be a review in 16 weeks, where a date would be set for either an inquest or pre-inquest review, which would likely take place in April/May next year. In the weeks following his death, his family set up a Crowdfunding page to help cover the cost of his funeral. The page said: “Our 7 year old baby Malakye was tragically taken from us on Tuesday 11th August.

We are asking if anyone can help with costs towards giving our beautiful boy the funeral he deserves. “This is a very upsetting and distressing time for us, Malakye was taken from us far too soon. Any help will be so gratefully accepted.

“Sleep tight our little man.” Scores of touching tributes were left on the page following the tragic news of his death. One, signed from a ‘member of Bowling Park staff’, said: “I will never forget your beautiful smile and how you always shouted ‘Hi Miss’ whenever I saw you around school…..rest in peace little man, you will always be remembered xx.”

Miss F added: “It’s a pleasure to have known Malakye and see that cheeky smile around school. He will be missed dearly by his friends and teachers alike. “Thoughts and prayers go to your family at this time xx.”

Another comment said: “Such a lovely boy, utterly tragic and heartbreaking. “My thoughts are with all his family at this time. Sending my love to them all.”

“Sleep tight our sweet Malakye, you will forever be in our thoughts, prayers and a very special place in our hearts with your big hair, impeccable manners and of course the bright smile on your face,” said a touching tribute from Thireen Ahmed. Louise Norris-Green wrote: “Malakye was such a lovely, funny, happy boy and it was a real pleasure to teach him. “He will be so sorely missed, thinking of you all at this incredibly sad time.”

Another comment said: “Sad and tragic loss of a beautiful life. What unites everyone is the common hurt and pain we all feel. Best wishes to his loved ones left behind.”

Many others left comments and donations in his memory and the page, before it was closed, reached GBP3,150.

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