A man has been charged with the death of a “happy and funny” schoolboy who was hit by a taxi while crossing the road.
Malakye Hall, seven, had earlier escaped from the home where his mum had abandoned him alone.
The lad was left in the property by his mother Wendy Hall, 33 who bolted the front door before leaving to visit her partner in August 2020.
The youngster managed to get out and was killed when he crossed the busy road and was hit by a black Toyota Auris Estate taxi in Manchester Road, Bradford.
Mohsin Hussain, 31 of Carlisle Terrace, has now been charged with causing death by driving while uninsured, Yorkshire Live reported.
He has been bailed to appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on September 9.
In August 2021 Malakye’s mum Wendy Hall, 33, was jailed for three years for neglect.
At the time a court heard she left her phone with Malakye to play on, but he escaped the property shortly after she left.
And, when police came across the scene of the fatal collision, the damaged phone was found in the boy’s possession.
She was later traced to her partner’s home and taken to identify her dead son’s body in hospital.
Tributes in 2020 praised the boy as a “happy and funny child”.
One of Malakye’s teachers, Louise Norris-Green, said: “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.”
Thireen Ahmed added: “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.”
Daniel King said: “I met Malakye a few times he was shy but such a lovely kid.
“I was shocked to hear it was him that passed.
“My thoughts go to his family and those who knew him.”